Pictured: The Majestic Theatre opened on February 23, 1920 in Benicia. The building had beautiful marble facings; mirrored doors; an artistic box office; one of the best screens available; rich draperies in gold, mulberry and blue; 600 leather-covered seats; and a $14,000 pipe organ. Mayor W. L. Crooks and his son W. B Crooks were responsible for having the theatre built by architect James W. Plachek and builder Henry W. Macullough.
The theatre had a fire in the 1940s. It was remodeled and renamed the State Theatre on June 11, 1942. Over the years it served as a cinema, children’s playhouse, and church. It was deeded to the nonprofit Majestic Theatre Corp. in the early 1990s and is currently owned by Robert Reichert.
Raymond William Stacey Burr (1917 - 1993), the famous actor who portrayed "Perry Mason" and "Ironsides" on television, moved to Vallejo with his mother from his native British Columbia in 1923 when he was six years old. Raymond continued to live in Vallejo until he moved to Hollywood to begin his acting career. Photo courtesy of Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.