Royal Theatre

Truro, NS B2N 3Z5

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The Royal Theatre was part of the F.G. Spencer chain in the early 1960’s.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 4, 2015 at 8:04 am

The Royal might have been the new house the Spencer chain was planning to build at Truro in 1941, noted in this item from the January 3 issue of The Film Daily that year:

“Truro, N. S. Is Getting Third Spencer Theater

“St. John, N. B.— The Spencer circuit, with headquarters in the local Strand, mother house of the group, already operating the Strand and Capitol, in Truro, N. S., will start construction on a third Truro theater early this month.

“A lot, 59x130 feet, has been purchased as the site. There will be about 800 seats, all on one floor. This circuit already has 21 houses.

“Truro is the center of unusual activity because of the establishment of new army and air force camps at Debert, about 10 miles away, and with Truro as the nearest town.”

The Strand dated back to at least as early as 1925. In 1916, Truro had a house called the Princess, and in 1907 one called the Electric.

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