Royal Theatre

106 South Monroe Street,
Versailles, MO 65084

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Royal Theatre

The Royal Theatre opened in 1932 and seated 392. In its early days the Royal Theatre was one of the only forms of entertainment for the people of the small town of Versailles. Just a small town theatre with an exterior box office, the marquee did not have an attraction panel, just neon diamonds stretched around the length of the marquee. The name ‘Royal’ was in neon on the front of the marquee. The two story front was a blond brick with four columns from the roon to the marquee. A small lobby and one aisle down the center of the auditorium.

The Royal Theatre continued to show movies until 1981. It was then converted to live performances and is used mostly during the summer months when the area is filled with summer visitors to the lake.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 5, 2014 at 10:24 am

The September 1, 1932, issue of The Sedalia Democrat said that a beauty contest was to be held at the New Royal Theatre in Versailles, sponsored by theater owner J. T. Ghosen, who also owned the Star Theatre in Sedalia.

An earlier Royal Theatre in Versailles was mentioned in the July 1, 1929, issue of The Film Daily. It had just been sold to a Mr. Chosen by Gordon Phillips.

The January 8, 1938, issue of The Film Daily reported that the Royal Theatre in Versailles, Missouri, had been transferred to Glen W. Dickinson.

Chris1982 on September 5, 2014 at 9:03 pm

Seems weird that J.T. Ghosen and Mr Chosen have similarly spellled names.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 5, 2014 at 11:55 pm

Oops. Chosen was probably a typo on the page I was citing, and it was J. T. Ghosen to whom Gordon Phillips sold the Royal in 1929. I should have noticed that. That will teach me not to delay breakfast until so late in the morning (well, probably not.)

Trolleyguy on September 6, 2014 at 7:11 am


RoyalFamily on July 11, 2017 at 7:56 am

The Royal is used year-round with a full season lineup that includes both local productions and traveling entertainers. It is patroned by a very dedicated base of season ticket holders, community members, and those who travel to experience the entertainment we have at the Royal.

Our largest and most noteworthy production is our yearly musical, held the first weekend in October in conjunction with the Versailles Apple Festival.

Since its inception in 1984, the Royal facilities have grown to include the Diamond Annex, which houses the concessions, expanded restrooms, and an art gallery; and the recently (2016) acquired West Wing, which allows more backstage space for large-cast productions, intricate/large set designs, and additional rehearsal space.

I grew up in the Royal, having been cast in my first production in 1994 at 10 years old. I went on to study theatre at the collegiate level, returned home, and currently serve on the Royal Arts Council Board in addition to performing, directing, and facilitating a youth theatre program. So… a little biased to say the least, but this place is one of a kind. It continues to experience growth and produces shows the same caliber as a professional theatre company. The traveling entertainment is handpicked based on the interests of our patrons & the surrounding communities. I highly encourage everyone to check out our current season and come visit us!

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