612 - 614 Commercial Street,
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One of Atchison’s early theatres. It opened in the early-1900’s. The first mention I found of this theatre was in 1911, though it probably opened earlier.
Originally the Royal Theatre was a single screen with 692 seats. 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. Currently the theatre shows 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.
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