3144 Dr. Martin Luther King Avenue,
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The Regal Theatre opened in 1931 seating 846 as part of the Arthur Theatre chain. (Franchon & Marco at that time) Very impressive theatre from the outside but rather plain on the inside. A two story building with a small balcony seating just under 200 with the balance on the main floor. Odd thing about the theatre was that the rest rooms were located in the lobby of the balcony. No rest rooms on the main level. The front of the theatre was constructed with a pale blue marble up the front of the building and about twenty feet down each side.
It was located in the middle of the block but had a walk way down each side of the building. It was located a little east of Grand Boulevard and within walking distance of the movie palaces on North Grand. When the neighborhood changed Arthur Theatre’s sold the building to a black couple since the neighborhood was changing and the couple operated the theatre until it closed in 1986.
It was later demolished in a redevelopment of the area for Federal Housing.
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