The Majestic Theatre

The Majestic Theatre in Christchurch was designed by the firm S. and A. Luttrell for John Fuller & Sons Ltd.

Title Majestic Theatre John Fuller & Sons Ltd. Ground Floor Plan Date Not specified Architect S & A Luttrell Physical Description Irregular shaped. 67cm at longest width, 80cm at longest length File Reference CCCPlans Majestic-4-0
Majestic Theatre John Fuller & Sons Ltd. Ground Floor Plan, Architect S & A Luttrell, CCCPlans Majestic-4-0
Title Majestic Theatre John Fuller & Sons Ltd. First Floor Plan. Architect S & A Luttrell CCCPlans Majestic-4-1
Title Majestic Theatre John Fuller & Sons Ltd. First Floor Plan. Architect S & A Luttrell CCCPlans Majestic-4-1

Early reportage (from Papers Past) shows that the new theatre was a big project:

The Majestic opened 1 March 1930. The movie theatre was a venue for “talkies” as sound became a part of cinema. Majestic House also had office space and housed the Department of Labour.

1962 – you can see the Majestic to the right of this photo.

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Traffic at the intersection of High, Lichfield and Manchester Streets [ca. 1962] the Majestic Theatre is on the right. CCL PhotoCD 11, IMG0017
The Beatles played at the Majestic in 1964. After 1970, the theatre became a night club. In more recent times, it was home to a church.

Viewed from the rooftop garden on C1 Espresso.
6 December 2012. CCL-2012-12-06-IMG_0942
The Majestic

The Majestic is being demolished.
Saturday 10 May 2014. 2014-05-10-IMG_0201

The Majestic Theatre
The Majestic Theatre
Monday 19 May 2014.
Majestic Theatre

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S. and A. Luttrell architects: 1902

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Sidney and Alfred Luttrell, architects, were known for work like this:

Photo of King Edward Barracks, corner of Cashel and Montreal Streets, Christchurch [1905]

This photograph shows the King Edward army barracks under construction in 1905. Sidney Luttrell (1872-1932), who is pictured in the right foreground with his brother Alfred on the left, designed 21 latticed, curved steel girders to span the 36.5m width as economically as possible and to support the curved, corrugated iron roof.

They also designed:

The Roman Catholic church at Mount Magdala, near Halswell

Photo of The opening of the Roman Catholic church at Mount Magdala, near Halswell  [1912]
The opening of the Roman Catholic church at Mount Magdala, near Halswell
[1912]
Manchester Courts

A  New Zealand sky-scraper  [1906]
A New Zealand sky-scraper [1906]
The Bandsmens Memorial Rotunda

The opening of the Bandsmens Memorial rotunda, Botanic Gardens, Christchurch
[19 September 1926]
The Majestic Theatre
The Majestic (and its potential demolition) is currently in the news. The article Majestic Theatre to be demolished was published on 8 December 2013.
The Majestic

Read more:

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We have digitised a rather splendid 1902 publication Tourists’ guide to Canterbury.

Majestic Crossroads – Image of the week

Traffic at the intersection of High, Lichfield and Manchester Streets. 1962.

Traffic at the intersection of High, Lichfield and Manchester Streets

The Majestic Theatre is on the right and the Canterbury Building Society building in the centre, on the corner of High and Manchester Streets.

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