Royal Theater

106 E. Tarpon Avenue,
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

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Previously operated by: Floyd Theaters

Functions: Retail

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The Royal Theater

The Royal Theater was located in the Meres Building in downtown Tarpon Springs, right down the street from the Tarpon Theatre. It was opened on April 27, 1914 with 2The Last Days of Pompei". It was operating in the 1930’s and was enlarged in 1939. By 1950 it was operated by Floyd Theaters who closed the theatre on May 14, 1950 with Duncan Renaldo in “Satan’s Cradle”. The building is still standing, but used for retail purposes.

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on February 18, 2011 at 7:10 am

Open ~1935-~1955? Can anyone verify the exact dates?

More info and photos are always welcome.

Go to Tarpon Springs, a beautiful Greek Town!

dallasmovietheaters on June 4, 2024 at 7:33 pm

The new-build Meres Building was announced in 1913 and was designed by architects Bonfoey and Elliott for sponge dealer Ernest Meres. Contractors Parrish and Goin built the multipurpose building. The Meres Block was home to multiple businesses including the Saclarides Brothers' Royal Theatre that launched there in 1914. That location was supposedly home to the town’s first ever electric sign that could be seen “for a long distance.” The Royal opened April 27, 1914 with “The Last Days of Pompeii.” The venue was equipped with sound to remain commercially viable.

On May 14, 1950, operator E.L. Hull announced the theatre would close for the summer with “Satan’s Cradle” with Duncan Renaldo. That closure turned out to be permanent. The theater’s space was repurposed for other commercial ventures. The building was still around in the 2020s.

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