Royal Theatre

621-625 Main Street,
Worcester, MA 01608

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Previously operated by: E.M. Loew's Theaters Inc.

Previous Names: Royal Picture Plays

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Royal Theatre

A theatre just off downtown Worcester. The Royal Picture Plays was opened on February 20, 1915 with Miss Gene Gauntier in “The Little Rebel” & Winifred Greenwood in “Justified”. It is discussed in the book ‘Worcester’s Union Station’ by Idanay Michaud Arsenault and a photo of the outside of the theatre appears on page 29, taken when the theatre was showing the 1939 film “Main Street Lawyer”. The Royal Theatre was still open in 1952, but had closed by 1955.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on December 6, 2006 at 4:15 pm

The MGM Theatre Photograph and Report form for the Royal Th. in Worcester has a facade photo taken in May 1941. There is an elaborate 1920-style entrance in the middle of a commercial block. Beneath the marquee is a centered box-office with double doors on each side. The name “Royal” is on the front of the marquee and there appears to be some sort of emblem directly above the name. The Report states that the Royal is on Main St. in Worcester; that it has been a MGM customer for over 10 years; that it’s over 15 years old; is in Poor condition, and has 780 seats, all on one floor.

TivFan on December 3, 2012 at 8:25 pm

I have a vintage postcard (post-marked 1925) showing the Royal Theatre. The Royal was right next to the Worcester Market. The Market building still exists (looks closed but amazing) and can be seen in the Google street view, at the corner of Main Street and Chandler Street. The Royal has a large vertical sign, nearly three storeys in height.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 17, 2014 at 11:38 pm

Worcester’s Royal Theatre is mentioned in the June 7, 1919, issue of The Moving Picture World:

“The Royal Theatre, seating 800, admission 10 and 15 cents, is a downtown house, under the management of O. S. Reiseroff. He uses Paramount, Select, Triangle, Vitagraph and Universal. Business is fair here.”

rivest266 on April 26, 2024 at 10:39 pm

The Royal theatre opened on February 20th, 1915. Grand opening ad posted.

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