Royal Theatre

12222 Madison Avenue,
Lakewood, OH 44107

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Previously operated by: Ohio Amusement Co.

Architects: Henry Hradilek

Previous Names: U-No Theatre

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Royal Theatre

Located in the Lakewood district to the west of Cleveland on Madison Avenue and Ridgewood Avenue. Opened in 1917 as the 800-seat U-No Theatre. It was operated by the Ohio Amusement Co. By 1932 it had been renamed Royal Theatre, and had made the transition to sound movies. It was still open in 1952, but had closed by 1955. A bank is now located where this theatre once stood.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 21, 2016 at 1:20 pm

This item from the February 20, 1915, issue of The American Contractor indicates that some contracts had been let for a movie theater at Madison and Ridgewood Avenues by that date:

“Motion Picture Theater & Store Bldg. (seating 756 & 2 stores): 1 sty. & bas. 52x133. $20M. Madison & Ridgewood avs. Archt. Henry Hradilek, 1001 Illuminating bldg. Owner J. H. Brown, care archt. Brk., stone trim, re. cone. Mas., re. cone. & cement work let to C. N. Griffen Co., 3111 Carnegie av. Struct, steel let to T. H. Brooks Co., 3104 Lakeside av. Ptg. let to Moskopp Bros. & Co., 5706 Broadway.”
I’ve been unable to find any other references to this project, nor have I found any mention of the U-No Theatre in the trade journals, though Cleveland Memory has an undated photo of it. I don’t think we can rule out a possible 1915 opening for this house, even though I haven’t been able to confirm that it did.

Tracy on November 17, 2020 at 9:33 pm

“The Uno Theater came along in 1917 at Madison and Ridgewood. Its name was changed to the Royal and it continued as such for many years. It was affectionately referred to by many of its patrons as ‘The Garlic House,’ a nickname prompted by the aromatic ethnic cookery of the neighborhood."Lakewood Sun Post April 27, 1989

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