Historic Floating Theater for Auction in Cincinnati
The Showboat Majestic was originally built in 1923. The 221-seat theater is known to be the last floating theater in America, and the only one of its kind still intact. The showboat was declared a historic landmark in
The Majestic was originally purchased by Tom Reynolds. The Reynolds family owned, lived on, and operated the boat for many years, offering travelling entertainment to residents of the towns along the Ohio River. To this day, the Majestic remains the longest-lived floating theater under one owner.
The Majestic was also used by students from schools like
The show boat was purchased by The City of Cincinnati in 1967 and was leased to the
In 2007, the city agreed to enter into a preservation covenant with the State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Service in return for a restoration grant from the State. The covenant requires that the boat be maintained and that its historic character be kept intact. The purchaser of the showboat will be required to enter into and abide by a new covenant with the same restrictions, with the State Historic Preservation Office in order to purchase the boat.
The Majestic, now moored at the City of Cincinnati’s Public Landing, is required to be accessible by the public for no less than 12 days per year. The new owner must publish the dates and times the boat is open annually and provide this information to the State Historic Preservation Office. The complete terms and conditions of the covenant can be viewed on the auction page.
The showboat can be inspected before the auction end date of
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