Royal Theatre

510A West Front Street,
Orange, TX 77630

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The Royal Theatre was opened around 1940, and was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary Julius Gordon. It was still open in 1950.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on September 22, 2012 at 4:17 pm

A picture of the Royal Theater c. 1948 can be seen here.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 2, 2014 at 4:31 pm

There is a possibility that the Royal Theatre was a house that had opened in 1918 as the Liberty Theatre. The September 21 issue of The Moving Picture World that year said that “[m]oving picture theatre congestion at Orange, Texas, has been relieved by the opening of the Strand and the Liberty theatres on Front near Sixth street in that city.” 510 W. Front Street would put the Royal near Sixth Street. The upstairs windows of the building in the ca.1948 photo CSWalczak linked to are of an old style typical of the 1910s but pretty much obsolete for commercial construction by 1940. However, the Liberty was supposed to have had about 1,100 seats, so if it was the same house as the Royal there was quite a discrepancy to account for.

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