Royal Theatre

226 S. 9th Street,
Mount Vernon, IL 62864

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Previously operated by: Fox Circuit

Architects: F.L. Hopkins

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Majestic Theatre

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Originally opened in 1911 as the Majestic Theatre, this theatre later suffered a fire, and was rebuilt as the Royal Theatre. It was badly damaged by another fire on November 11, 1945. During the 1940’s, it was operated as part of Fox Midwest Amusements. The Stadium Theatre was built inside the shell.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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LouRugani on October 28, 2015 at 9:32 pm

It was built for $20,000 for the Mississippi Valley Eastern Amusement Company, 804 Times Building, St. Louis. The president and architect was F. L. Hopkins.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm

The Royal burned on Armistice Day (November 11), 1945, with a loss estimated at $30,000, according to an article in the January 6, 1956, issue of the Mt. Vernon Register-News.

The following paragraph from an article about the history of Mt. Vernon’s theaters on this web page conveys the impression that the Majestic/Royal building actually survived the 1945 fire, at least in part, and that the Stadium Theatre was built inside the shell of the original building:

“On Thanksgiving Day 1911, what was to become the first permanent theater, the Majestic, opened. This theater was known for showing many epic movies, such as, The Birth of a Nation. Many vaudeville acts were performed on the Majestic stage. During the remodeling, the theater was gutted by fire, and a new movie theater was built and named the Royal. The Royal was also destroyed by fire. But it was redesigned and reopened on May 15, 1947, as the Stadium Theater.”

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