Royal Theatre

118 SE Second Street,
Tulia, TX 79088

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Functions: Movies

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Griffith Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 806.995.4000

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Royal Theatre

This theatre was built in 1946, but opened later on April 4, 1947 as the Griffith Theatre screening Fred Astaire in “Yolanda and the Thief”. It was renamed Royal Theatre in 1949 and has operated continuously ever since. Movies are shown three nights a week, with periodic live performances.

Recently renovated, the theatre is still in need of new sound system and lighting, as well as new heating and air-conditioning.

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Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

Backseater on October 17, 2004 at 9:59 pm

Saw “The Day the World Ended” (a Roger Corman Cheapie) there in the mid-1950s. Glad to hear it’s still up and running.

kencmcintyre on December 12, 2006 at 7:28 am

There is a photo of the Royal on this page:

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on April 23, 2008 at 1:14 pm

A 1984 view of the Royal Theater in Tulia.

dallasmovietheaters on June 5, 2020 at 12:08 am

Boren and Morrows Theatres announced this project in 1946 but post-War shortages delayed its opening. J. Lee Griffith opened the venue as the Griffith Theatre on April 4, 1947 with Fred Astaire in “Yolando and the Thief.” Griffith would then purchase the competing Gay and Grand theaters from Charles Weisenberg. Tulia Theatres Corp., formed by Jewel Avant and R. T. O'Daniel, purchased the Griffith Theatre and renamed it as the Royal Theatre in 1949 which was still operating in the 2020s.

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