The Royal Theatre was located at 119 N. Front Street in downtown Wilmington, just north of the Orton Hotel and across the street from the Post Office Building. It was the third purpose-built theater to be erected in downtown Wilmington in the twentieth century and it was the first purpose-built movie theater to open in Wilmington.
The Royal was one of several buildings destroyed when the nearby Orton Hotel burned on January 21, 1949.
The site selected for the Royal was a vacant lot that had been used since 1911 as an outdoor movie venue, the Airdome. Occupying a site of 44 feet by 125 feet with a height equivalent to a three-story building, the Royal had a balcony accommodating 350 and an inclined floor.
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Wilmington Star - 4/24/1975