Royal Oak Music Theatre

318 W. Fourth Street,
Royal Oak, MI 48067

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 8, 2009 at 6:10 pm

A 2009 photo can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 29, 2007 at 10:27 pm

This is another photo of the Royal Oak.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 28, 2007 at 3:29 pm

This website has vintage photos of the Royal Oak Theater.

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick on September 18, 2007 at 3:59 pm

Here is a recent article about the Royal Oak: View link

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 24, 2007 at 5:20 pm

Here is a 2007 view of the Royal Oak.

Nix12 on November 15, 2006 at 10:40 pm

This theater is located in the Washington Square Building downtown.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 27, 2006 at 12:58 am

This is a recent 2006 photo of the Royal Oak Music Theater.

johnlauter on April 3, 2006 at 2:02 am

The Royal Oak theatre was designed by Rapp and Rapp, it is an excellent example of true art deco (an often mis-used description), with stylized floral relief work and geometric shapes. It is of the “shallow balcony” that many late R&R houses featured. Built for the Knusky Chain, it was part of a suburban Detroit “holy trinity” of like-sized houses, the Birimingham, the Royal Oak and the Redford. They all had identically equipped Barton 3-10 organs, the consoles varied to match the theatre interoirs, and they were sold on the same contract, and had sequential opus numbers. The Royal Oak was operated by the community theatre chain until the mid 70’s. The lobbies suffered from dropped ceilings during this time. The fisrt concert held at the newly re-christened “Royal Oak music theatre” was Maria Muildar, in 1975. Various promoters have operated the theatre as a mainly rock concert venue for the last 30 years. The Barton organ was brought back from the brink of death (it was badly water damaged and thought by some to be beyond salvage) by the local ATOS chapter in 1968, led by crew chief Mert Harris. Many organ/silent film concerts were presented in the Royal Oak by the Motor City ATOS, including two performances of “Queen Kelly” with a personal appearance by it’s star, Gloria Swanson. The theatre changed hands again, and in the early 90’s the organ was “evicted” by the owners, who felt it didn’t fit in to what they want to do. The outer lobby was wonderfully restored, and the Royal Oak area today is a thriving area of clubs,restaurants, galleries and shops.

sdoerr on March 6, 2005 at 11:39 pm

Specs of stage located here.

romt on November 10, 2004 at 8:04 pm

The Royal Oak Music Theatre is open, their website is and provides a full list of their shows.