Fox Theatre Atchison
612 - 614 Commercial Street,
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The Royal Theatre was built on the site of the Fox Royal Theatre which was demolished in 1947 (it has its own page on Cinema Treasures). The new Fox Royal Theatre was opened by Fox Midwest Theatres on January 27, 1949 with the world premiere of “The Sun Looks Up”. It was later twinned. At one point in its life, the theatre operated as a Saturday night country music opry but with only mild success. The music was said to be great but the audience was often too small to pay for the show’s cast. The owners kept the show going at their own expense. The theatre showed first and second run features.
The exterior is somewhat simple but elegant in brick and white stucco with subtle ornamentation and a few finials and arc’s at the top of the facade. The building seems representative of Spanish or Moorish architecture. There is a very simple awning style marquee a large decorative “R” tile on the stucco above the marquee. It was closed in 2014. It was converted into 3-screens and reopened as the Fox Theatre on March 29, 2019.
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