Royal Theatre

106 South Monroe Street,
Versailles, MO 65084

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Royal Theatre

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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


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