Royal Music Hall

520 E. Capitol Street,
Jackson, MS 39201

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The Century Theatre opened as a playhouse in 1901. Films were screened from 1913, and by 1928 it was a full time movie theatre. The theatre was operated by Publix, Paramount-Richards and Paramount Gulf until mid-1950.

The theatre was renovated and reopened late-1950 as the Royal Music Hall (a movie theatre), which closed on June 4, 1959. The shuttered building suffered a fire in July 1960. It has since been converted to Law Offices.

Contributed by Chuck

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 22, 2012 at 4:11 am

According to Movie Theatres in Twentieth-Century Jackson, Mississippi, by Jerry Dallas, (Google Documents link) the Century Theatre opened in 1901 as a playhouse. In 1913, it began showing movies intermittently, when no live performances were scheduled, and thereafter movies gradually displaced most of the live events.

The Century Theatre closed in mid-1950, but was extensively renovated and reopened by the end of that year as the Royal Music Hall which, despite its name, was a movie house. Its early success was not long sustained, however, and the Royal closed its doors on June 4, 1959, finally ending the building’s history as a theater.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 22, 2012 at 5:45 am

As this photo shows, there was a fire at the closed theater on 07-13-60. It really should be listed as the Royal Music Hall with the Century as an AKA, inasmuch as Royal Music Hall was its name at the theater’s closing.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 19, 2013 at 10:02 pm

This theater has been entirely demolished, as long ago as 1961 according to Movie Theaters in Twentieth-Century Jackson, Mississippi, by Jerry Dallas (PDF here.)

The Century Theatre can be seen in this vintage postcard. It was in the third building from the corner of President Street. The corner building is still standing, but the next two buildings have been replaced by a parking lot.

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