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Previous Names: Royal Electric Theatre
Originally the entrance was on Bank Street when the Royal Electric Theatre opened on 3rd February 1913 with “Dante’s Paradise” and “The Black Mask”. Seating was provided for 950. In 1918 a large stage house/fly tower and a balcony was built and it was re-named Royal Theatre. The projection box was retained at the rear of the stalls.
In 1938 a new entrance was built and opened on the High Street, and the Royal Theatre re-opened with Shirley Temple in “Heidi”. A small organ had been installed.
In the early-1960’s the High Street entrance was converted into an amusement arcade, and the cinema entrance returned to Bank Street. The Royal Theatre was closed in October 1988, possibly 29th October 1988 with the film “Frantic”. The Royal Theatre was demolished in 2006, and the site is part of a Tesco extra supermarket and car park.
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