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Royall Theatre

Address: Main St.
City: Royal Oak State: MI Zip: Phone:  
County: Oakland
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Open: 1914 Closed: 1969 Capacity: 2500    
Owner: Wisper-Wetsman
Web Address: N/A
Number of visits to this page since Sept 2013: 895

4/30/2013 - Jim Thompson
Just saw this one listed in an old Michigan Film Review archive apparently listed as both the Royal and the Royale. Presumably same place? There was a Royal Oak area telephone directory circa 1990s that had a photo on the cover that pictured the theater pretty clearly. At the time, I called up the man who provided the photo and as I recall, he said it was on Main, south end. From what I recall, it was west side of the street and south of 4th somewhere. He knew exactly where it had been.

1/15/2004 - Cinema Treasures
The Royal opened in late 1940, one of Detroit's larger neighborhood houses, located on Seven Mile Road. It was designed by Charles N. Agree, and could seat close to 2500. Built in Streamline Moderne style, the Royal was duplicated (by half its size) a half year later, in Agree's Dearborn Theatre in Dearborn. The Royal contained a small stage, but no dressing rooms or orchestra pit.

Its oval-shaped lobby housed four groups of sculpture by Thomas di Lorenzo, who previously collaborated with Agree on the Harper (1939), now Harpo's. Operated jointly by Wisper and Wetsman and United Detroit Theatres, the Royal cost nearly $300,000 to erect, and its early ads hailed it as having one of the biggest parking lots in the country, with room for over 800 cars. The Royal had a relatively short career, however, closing in the late 60s. In 1969, the property was sold to Grace Hospital, and the theater demolished.

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10/10/2003 - WaterWinterWonderland
The Royall Theatre was located in this building in 1914 and was on the west side of Main Street between 3rd and 4th streets.
Royall Theatre - OLD PIC
Royall Theatre - POST CARD

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