[Adapted from the Springfield Republican, 06 Feb 1922.]

Majestic Movie House Destroyed Early Yesterday Morning — Loss is about $60,000 — Will be Rebuilt.

Easthampton, February 5. — The Majestic Theatre on Cottage Street, owned by Frank H. Roberts, was destroyed by a fire that started this morning at 2, causing a loss of $60,000, partly covered by insurance. The fire was discovered by Arthur Grover, who is employed at the theater, and was on duty as a special police officer last night. Mr. Grover saw smoke coming from the rear of the building and pulled in an alarm. The firemen had a hard fight to prevent the loss of buildings adjacent to the theater and could do little to save more than the walls of the theater. The outside walls are standing, but are in such a condition that they could not be used in rebuilding. The interior is a complete wreck. Henry Walz, who conducts the bowling alley in the basement of the building has a loss of several thousand dollars on the equipment of the alley.

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