City of Maples Repertory Theatre

106 N. Rubey Street,
Macon, MO 63552

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Royal Theatre© Royal Theatre Macon GA / Billy Smith / Don Lewis

Located on N. Rubey Street and Oak Street in Macon, the Jobson Opera House was opened October 31, 1889. It has had many changes of ownership and names over the years. It becam the Royal Theatre on August 25, 1923. On December 31, 1929 it became the Dickinson Theatre and October 28, 1936 it became the Macon Theatre. Since 2004 it has been home to the City of Maples Repertory Theatre.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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TopCat
TopCat on July 18, 2005 at 7:54 am

The last time I was in Macon, MO the Royal Theatre building was still standing, but did not appear to be operating. On the north side of town along HWY 63 is the Macon Cinema (www.maconcinema.com). On the south side of town along HWY 63 is the Macon Drive In (www.macondrivein.com), which is apparently still closed thanks to the “Storm of May 2004”.

teecee
teecee on August 4, 2005 at 5:38 am

Excellent history & photos at this link:
http://www.maplesrep.com/RoyalTheatre.htm

Bill2
Bill2 on June 17, 2011 at 6:41 pm

When I was a student at Truman during the 70’s we made many trips to Macon to the Royal for movies. It was not very plush inside. The candy counter used a cigar box for change. Glad it is still being used.

Chris1982
Chris1982 on September 3, 2014 at 12:49 am

The Royal Theatre goes back to at least 1926 when it was the Grand Theatre, it became the Macon Theatre in 1931. No idea when it was changed to the Royal. In 1957 it was still known as the Macon Theatre

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on February 11, 2018 at 2:17 pm

As best as can be determined, this is the timeline of this venue.

Opened as the Jobson Opera House on October 31, 1889. By 1897, Col. F.W. Blees takes over and calls it the Blees Theatre. Harry Logan took on the venue continuing as the Logan Theatre in 1911. Motion pictures were later added to the live mix with the theatre becoming primarily known for motion pictures.

This is where things become a bit tricky. The Logan goes dark late in 1918 and very briefly reopens in a new location in 1919. On October 3, 1919, the original Logan was taken over by W.D. Woods of Kansas City. The Princess Theatre launched on October 11, 1919 with “His Majesty, Bunker Bean” and listed as “formerly the Logan.” The short-lived Logan location became the original location of the Grand Theatre. The original Grand opened in July of 1919 – it, too, was also listed as “formerly the Logan.”

On December 29, 1922, the Princess under new owners relaunched as the Yale Theatre with “My Old Kentucky Home.” After closing in June of 1923, the venue relaunched under J. Earl Hayes as the Royal Theatre on August 25, 1923. The Royal Theatre’s “ghost sign” /outside advertisement was maintained into the 21st Century.

On December 31, 1929, the theatre became the Dickinson Theatre installing RCA sound and converting the interior to a Moorish architectural design. Dickinson sold his interest in the theatre and one of his employees took on the house. Under new operation, it re-launched October 28, 1936 as the long-running Macon Theatre. In 2004, the facility became live theatre opening its first season as the Maples Repertory Theatre.

That all may be incorrect but it’s the best timeline based on the local papers and the trade press.

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