Majestic Theater – Exterior and Interior

STATUS Designated Exterior and Interior Landmark

245-257 West 44th Street

ARCHITECT: Herbert J. Krapp

DATE: 1926-27

STYLE: Modern Spanish

Manhattan Midtown West Modern Spanish

This theatre was part of an unusual multi-use project including three theaters and a hotel. The “stadium” configuration of the auditorium represents an attempt at bringing democracy to theater seating. The auditorium’s segmental-arched proscenium, narrow floor-to-ceiling arched openings on the side-walls, and broad shallow domed ceiling, and the broad coved ceiling of the inner lobby, are among the most prominent design features of the interior.

This theater’s  facade is a fine example of the romantic “Modern Spanish” style with which Herbert Krapp, the architects, adorned later theaters. Among its significant architectural features are its balcony with simulated Spanish-style tile roof, blind stylized Palladian window, and rusticated base.

STATUS Designated Exterior and Interior Landmark

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