Royal Cinemas

117 East Main Street,
Front Royal, VA 22630

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Park TheaterĀ©  Front Royal Virginia / Don Lewis / Billy Smith

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The Park Theater was built around 1920. It was the first purpose built movie theater in Front Royal.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 27, 2007 at 1:22 pm

This is a photo of the Park Theater/Royal Cinemas.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 21, 2007 at 7:06 am

Here is another photo of the Royal Cinemas.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 12, 2008 at 1:15 pm

Here is an item from Boxoffice magazine, May 1950:

FRONT ROYAL-“Riding High” was held at the 997-seat Park for a full week. Benjamin T. Pitts said that following the world premiere patrons from the town and several nearby communities continued in a steady procession to the box office for every performance.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 18, 2009 at 7:25 pm

Here is the Park Theater in 1984.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 27, 2009 at 8:05 pm

This is a recent photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 30, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Another 2009 photo is here.

Mike Richardson
Mike Richardson on August 2, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Saw Despicable Me there yesterday in # 3. #3 is a 41 seat house in the left theatre storefront. It’s built well. The booth (XCN35 console with Simplex35) is backed by the street windows. Cinema is a converted single creen with balcony. House #1, 273 seats (I saw a Balco platter in the booth) is the original big, main floor. Projection for 1 is from below the balcony. Balcony is walled off. Balcony (house # 2) is 91 seats and projection for it is from original theatre booth. Nice place.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 28, 2013 at 1:13 pm

The Pitts' Theatres chain took over the Murphy Theatre in Front Royal in 1930, and took over the Park theater as well, sometime before 1939. It was called Pitts' Park on a list of twenty-five houses operated by Pitts' Theatres in 1952. As Pitts' Theatres was not inclined to give up successful houses, the Park probably remained under their control until the chain was taken over by R/C Theatres in 1970.

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