This movie house is remarkable for its bold and colorful signage. While the upper facade is plain, painted green, and decorated only with simple geometric banding in white, the marquee and building’s name are bright and eye-catching. The vertical sign carrying the theater’s name is spelled out in lights on a blue background bordered by panels of orange, turquoise, and red, and the sign rises well above the building’s parapet wall. The triangular shaped marquee is outlined in the same colors. A semicircular ticket booth stands between two sets of doors, and the lower half of the first story is clad in dark red glazed tiles. Opened in the 1920s as the Imp Theater, the theater changed its name in the 1950s when the owners acquired the marquee’s Royal sign from a theater in Little Rock. The theater is now a center for the performing arts.
You are here
If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.
SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.