Royal Theatre

66-68 King Street West,
Hamilton, ON

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Royal Theatre Interior circa 1930s

This cinema opened at 66-68 King Street West in Hamilton in July 1913 by Hayes and Richards, who had a poolroom and a cigar store two doors west.

The Hamilton Spectator reported on June 15, 1927 that the property had been sold for $125,000 by then-owner Harry Levitt to Abraham Mack of Niagara Falls.

January 19th, 1948’s Spec reported this:

“Last Film Shown In Royal Theatre”

For nearly 40 years, a popular Hamilton movie house, the Royal Theatre on King Street West, was closed last week as the lease expired and preparations went forward for another business venture in its place.

Two generations of movie immortals had crossed its screen, rain-flecked silent films were gone and ‘talkies’ established as the neighbourhood house closed its doors.

The Royal’s continuous parade of drama, comedy and thrilling western action, brought popular stars like William S. Hart of the old west, and Rudolph Valentino, the svelt lover of the 20s. Francis X. Bushman, Theda Bara, Gloria Swanson and a host of others thrilled countless patrons there.

No announcement has yet been made concerning the type of business to replace the Royal on its venerable site. Latterly, the entertprise had been jointly owned by a local woman and Odeon Theatres".

On November 3, 1950, Dr. N. Sole purchased the property…although it’s bizarre that the apparent purchase price was only $100,000.

I’m not sure what happened after this last purchase, but in 1973 Lloyd D. Jackson Square opened, the project eventually consisting of a shopping centre and office towers, the Hamilton Public Library, Main Branch, the Farmers' Market, an Eaton’s store and Copps' Coliseum.

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Brian Morton
Brian Morton on April 20, 2008 at 3:10 am

I checked the city directory for this theatre. It stood on the north side of King Street half way on the block between MacNab and Park, which today only goes as far as York, but originally went all the way up to King Street. This would have placed it approximately where the entrance to the parking garage is for the Sheraton Hotel.

All of these properties were expropriated by the city in the mid 1960’s and then demolished.

There are four pictures of this theatre from the 1940’s in the Ontario Archives

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