Royal Theatre

655 Tenth Avenue,
New York, NY 10036

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The Royal Theatre was a rather posh name for a small, late-run movie house that served residents of what was then known as “Hell’s Kitchen”, one of Mahattan’s roughest and toughest neighborhoods.

More information is needed about the Royal’s history and the current status of the site, which is near Tenth Avenue’s intersection with West 46th Street. The area is now “gentrified” and known as Clinton.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 16, 2006 at 7:32 am

A c/o was issued to a 600 seat moving picture theater at 653 Tenth Avenue (corner of W 46th St) on February 1, 1918. The owner was Frederick Flagge of Rockaway, New Jersey.

AlAlvarez on July 1, 2009 at 1:54 pm

According to boxoffice magazine this was operated by the same manager as the Lido (147th street, aka Bluebird) in 1945.

kencmcintyre on July 1, 2009 at 3:43 pm

I think Chelsea Clinton lives on the upper west side.

AlAlvarez on February 6, 2010 at 10:01 am

This is still listed in the 1947 Film Daily Yearbook although the New York Times reports that the property was sold in 1945 and intended for other use.

Tinseltoes on May 4, 2012 at 12:51 pm

A rare view of the Royal Theatre’s marquee can be found at left of this

AlAlvarez on May 4, 2012 at 2:17 pm

I think this building was a recording studio until it was demolished just last year.

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