Royal Theater

1011 22nd Street South,
St. Petersburg, FL 33712

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rivest266 on October 8, 2017 at 4:38 pm

Also uploaded the grand opening ad as well.

rivest266 on October 8, 2017 at 4:34 pm

It seems Mr. Lewis uploaded the wrong postcard back in 2012.

rivest266 on October 8, 2017 at 4:33 pm

This opened on November 23rd, 1948 per this article

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rivest266 on October 8, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Here’s jflundy’s link from 2009

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jflundy on June 14, 2009 at 11:10 pm

The St. Petersburg Times of 25 May 1949 contains an ad calling this venue “South’s Finest Colored Theater”.

Featured on that date a double feature of “Each Dawn I Die” with James Cagney and “Dark Horse”.

Link to Page 25 St. Petersburg Times of that date:

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Broan on June 19, 2005 at 7:59 pm

“In St. Petersburg, Fla., however, the c. 1948 Royal Theatre, a designated local landmark, is undergoing a $600,000 renovation funded by block grants and private donations. Fitted with a marquee, the theater was one of the city’s few movie houses for African-Americans. "The community still fondly recalls going to the Royal with their soon-to-be husbands and wives on dates,” says Rick Smith, the city’s preservation planner. “So it has as much a social and cultural affiliation as an architectural one.”"

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