Royal Theater

214 Main Street SW,
Gainesville, GA 30501

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Royal Theater

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The Royal Theater opened in 1931 and closed in 1979.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 21, 2007 at 11:54 pm

This is a photo of the former Royal Theater. Date given for photo is 1979.

WHITEFIELD on July 22, 2007 at 4:24 am

Is the theatre building still standing. ?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 9, 2008 at 7:12 pm

I don’t know if the building is still standing. This April 6, 1936 photo shows some of the remains of the Royal Theater after a tornado. Text with photo reads: “Gainesville, April 6, 1936. Destruction and debris caused when a tornado struck the city. Railroad cars can be seen in the foreground. The Royal Theatre located on South Main Street is seen in the right background. The tornado caused the deaths of over 100 people, hundreds of injuries, and property damage that totaled in the millions”. The Royal must have been rebuilt.

1234 on May 27, 2008 at 12:36 am

The building was torn down sometime in late 80’s or early 90's
The buildings on either side were still remaining the last time I was in Gainsville.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 28, 2009 at 5:59 pm

Here is another 1986 photo.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 24, 2009 at 10:11 pm

Okay, Go to PALACE THEATRE in Athens, Ga. There you will go back to 1944 or earlier and read what was going on here and in Athens.I know during the 40’s ERNEST WOODS was the manager.I got letters to prove it.

Lbritain on June 19, 2011 at 10:56 pm

This was my Dad’s theater from the 1940’s until the 1970’s when he sold it. He owned the Royal and the Ritz Theaters in Gainesville, Ga. My sister, brother and I grew up in the Royal. I remember my Dad making sure the popcorn was done to perfection! When the movies would change, he would drive all over town the night before and change all the movie posters for the new movie. We got to ride with him and it was so much fun. I had the original movie poster to 101 Dalmations! I could tell a million stories about those two theaters but I would use up a lot if space…

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