131 Smith Street,
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Located on Smith Street a few doors from the southwest corner of its intersection with State Street, the Royal Theatre opened on October 28, 1911. It was purpose built for showing films and leased by its builders to the Royal Amusement Company.
According to two articles in the Perth Amboy Evening News, the Royal Theatre was 30 feet wide and 144 feet deep, its entrance having a “very attractive tiled floor”. The auditorium ceiling averaged 20 feet from the floor which was sloped and made of “especially prepared and colored concrete”, there were 493 seats. Film was projected onto a Mirroroid screen, the projectionists enjoyed a roomy booth, 19 feet in width by 9 feet deep.
The Royal Theatre operated throughout the 1910’s under the same management. Regular programming stopped in the Spring of 1920. Paramount Pictures did use it as part of their “Paramount Week” promotion that September and there were other occasional mentions of music recitals and lectures in the local paper.
After several months of renovation, what used to be the Royal Theatre opened as a food department store in September, 1921. An article about its opening in the Evening News mentioned that the renovation had left “none of the appearances that would lead one to believe that it had once been a theatre”. The building still stands, currently home to a wireless retailer.
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