Royal Theatre

1022 Main Street,
Kansas City, MO 64105

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DavidZornig on August 27, 2015 at 7:29 pm

Stunning 1927 photo added courtesy of the Who Knows East – Old Photographs Facebook page.

kcfan on June 16, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Here are a couple of photos of the Royal Theater, including an interior shot from the Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections Department, University of Missouri-Kansas City.

kcfan on February 20, 2009 at 3:12 pm

H. Alexander Drake was the Architect for the the Royal Theater, according to the architectural records I viewed at Western Historical Manuscripts Collection, University of Missouri-Kansas City. They have some blue prints showing the front elevation, auditorium, balcony and orchestra pit. No photos though. Thanks to Lost Memory for finding the gems in above post.

jumpinjiminy on September 19, 2007 at 7:18 am

The area where the Royal was located is now a multilevel parking lot. Most of the demolished theater locations in downtown Kansas City are now parking lots.

kencmcintyre on December 30, 2006 at 6:39 pm

The Royal owners installed a marquee in 1932, which displeased the shoe store adjacent:

claydoh77 on January 16, 2005 at 8:04 pm

Here is a link to a photo of the Royal Theatre from 1928:
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JimRankin on April 29, 2004 at 3:38 am

Tour of Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas Theatres in 2004
From June 26 through July 1, 2004 the Theatre Historical Society of America will tour a number of theatres in Kansas City Missouri and surrounding areas, including theatres in Lamar, Joplin, Richmond, St. Joseph and Springfield, MO, as well as Miami, OK, and these cities in Kansas: Leavenworth, Kansas City, Emporia, El Dorado, Augusta, Wichita, Hutchinson, McPherson, Salina, Concordia, and Topeka. More information is contained on their web site: and special photos and information concerning the Kansas City theatres: UPTOWN and the MIDLAND is available on this temporary page of their site at: A glossy brochure about this “Heart of America” Conclave is available from the Society’s headquarters listed on their homepage, via E-mail to the Ex. Director, or via snail mail. Membership in the Society is not required to attend the Conclave and tour the theatres, but fees do apply as detailed on their site. Bring your camera and lots of film, for it is usually difficult or impossible to enter these theatres for photos, and some of them will surely not be with us in the years to come.