Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Royal Cinema


Located in the heart of Little Italy on College St, the Royal Cinema is located in a wonderful Art Moderne building which was constructed in 1939 and opened then as the Pylon Cinema. Threatened with closure in 2007 new operators took it over and it now shows 2nd run and indie/art films in the evening and during the day functions as a post-production studio for film and TV. I love that the original signs and building details have been maintained and restored during its upgrade! And that a middle eastern restaurant flourishes in Little Italy.
Taking part in Signs, Signs. For more signs click here.

22 comments:

EG Wow said...

It's nice the city continues to evolve. Thanks for pointing out the Ali Baba's is in the middle of Little Italy. I probably would have missed that other evidence of evolution.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Happy they kept the sign too -- and really that's lovely that restaurant -- shows you have a real cosmopolitan City!

LĂșcia said...

What a timeless Cinema!
I love places like this! ;-)

NixBlog said...

Wonderful when old buildings can be lovingly conserved and even better if they can still be used for what their original purpose was...
Lovely shot.

Jack said...

Theaters of that era can be wonderful. but the economics of movie-going make all of them endangered. Glad that this one has found a solution.

ewok1993 said...

nice to have choice other than italian food in that neighborhood.

J Bar said...

It's a wonderful style.

VioletSky said...

I was so pleased that this one had been restored. I have many fond memories of going to these Festival theatres back in the 1970s and 80s

Eyeliquor said...

Wonderful photo with the cyclist!

Lowell said...

What a cool-looking place. And I'm glad to hear that it still serves as a cinema - at least part-time. We've got an old theater still going in downtown Ocala but it's been difficult and the place is again in trouble - just not enough business.

Lesley said...

Good one!
And the Ali Baba's in Little Italy is a bit of a surprise!

Luna Miranda said...

great find! i miss seeing the old theater signs around here.

Paul in Powell River said...

It is a nice style - and I always appreciate the background notes.

Randy said...

I love old theaters!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I think it's great that they've kept the original signs too Red, love these old theatres, we have four here still in Perth and they seem to be hanging in there, thank goodness.

Linda said...

So good that this building is still in use. There is an Art Deco-style cinema in Edinburgh which has sadly fallen into disrepair.

Mo said...

Very difficult for movie theatres everywhere. I love the art house movies so hope this one survivies.

Sharon said...

There are so few of these grand movie theatre marquees left. It's wonderful when they are preserved.

JM said...

Fantastic Deco design! Glad it's preserved.

La Principessa Errante said...

Gorgeous deco sign. Fun shot, love the bicyclist,

Chrissy Brand said...

Glad it was saved- a fine old building!
Chrissy at Manchester ~ a photo a day, Mancunian Wave photo blog

Genie said...

Being the age I am, I adore the old vintage theaters and their old signs. This is a fine one. So glad you shared it. genie