Alan's picture prompt opened a lot of memories for me, but there was one majestic opening event at which I wasn't present.
|Majestic Theatre, Ohio - 1915|
The advertisement was featured in the Athens Messenger for the grand opening of the Majestic Theatre at 20 S. Court St. Athens, OH. The Majestic Theatre opened on June 3, 1915. Today the location is occupied by the Athena Cinema. (Source: Athens Messenger)
However 50 years later I was in my first job at Redbourne Steelworks in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire. This building stood then on the corner of Oswald Road and Mary Street.
|Majestic Cinema, Scunthorpe in 2006|
You can see that the cinema is looking the worse for wear and in 2007 it was demolished just leaving this wall..
|Majestic no more.|
However there is a Majestic still standing in Harrogate in Yorkshire where I spent many a happy hour. British Steel used to hold conferences there and where it fell to me, on one occasion, to present a paper on a steelwork's trial conducted at Redbourne and Park Gate Works, Rotherham.
|Majestic Hotel, Harrogate - 2008|
The Majestic Hotel was built at the height of Harrogate's popularity as a spa in 1900. Unlike other hotels in the town it was made of brick and cost over a quarter of a million - a large sum in those days. The trees and bushes in the foreground mask the site of the former glazed 'winter garden' which was over 8000sq ft in area and was adorned with palm trees etc. The winter garden was damaged by a German bomb in 1941 and was demolished in the 1970s. In 1955, the 5 star Majestic offered B&B from 32/6d [approx £1.63] and dinner from 12/6d [62p] - a bargain! I don't every remember it being that cheap.
Our photo prompt brought back other memories - it was on Church Street after all.
Ketton is the village in Rutland where I was born. Don't be fooled by the street sign which says Chapel Lane as the road to the right is Church Road and leads to:
I be less that honest if I didn't say that I liked this view of Church Road better.
St Mary's, Ketton from Church Road
Why? It leads back to the Railway of course.
Perhaps now it's time for you to wend your way to The Majestic Sepia Saturday.