Royal Theatre

323 Auburn Avenue NE,
Atlanta, GA 30303

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Previously operated by: Bailey Theaters

Previous Names: Bailey's Royal Theatre

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1940s Auburn Ave

The Bailey’s Royal Theatre was opened by 1933. It was built during the era of segregation and catered to an African-American audience and was operated by the Bailey Theaters chain. The theatre was located in the historical “Sweet Auburn District” of southeast Atlanta. It was closed in 1969.

Contributed by Jack Coursey

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 27, 2006 at 2:56 am

Listed as a Negro theatre in editions of Film Daily Yearbook; 1933 and 1940-1955, it was known as Bailey Royal Theatre, or Bailey’s Royal Theatre in the early 1940’s with a seating capacity given as 500.

The 1950 edition of F.D.Y. gives an increased seating capacity of 700 for the Royal Theatre. Also the address seems to have variated between 232 or 238 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta.

Ragman on October 8, 2014 at 8:17 am

We have to stop letting other’s tell our history; this is not a picture of the ODD FELLOW’s Atrium where the The Royal Theater was located' This building shown is the SCLC Building,located @ 320 Auburn. Bailey’s Royal Theater was located @ 236 Auburn Ave. inside The ODD FELLOWS Building’s Annex,and could seat over 1200; The Annex was used for many years as a movie house and was the only major venue in Atlanta where blacks could be seated on the main floor.

rivest266 on April 7, 2018 at 5:39 pm

Closed 1969. Newspaper listings started in 1933

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