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Royal Theatre - Trail, British Columbia
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N 49° 05.665 W 117° 42.328
11U E 448498 N 5438191
Quick Description: The Royal Theatre is located at 1598 Bay Avenue in downtown Trail. There are included old photographs of the theatre dating back to 1927.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 11/19/2012 7:22:51 AM
Waymark Code: WMFQK4
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Big B Bob
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Long Description:
The Royal Theatre is still operational.

It has an interesting history dating back to 1927 when it first opened as the Rialto Theatre. The architects were Townley and Matheson of Vancouver. The Rialto was one of three theatres in Trail.

The theatre was closed in May 1944 after the stage was destroyed by fire. It reopened January 1945 as the Odeon Theatre. This current movie featured in the photograph was “Lady of Burlesque” staring Barbara Stanwyck and Michael O’Shea. The film was released in May 1943.

The Odeon Theatre, during the devastating flood in June 1948, had on their marque “Now showing The Great Flood in color – Right now its intermission”. A landmark for flood waters became the wicket window at the Odeon Theatre. Subsequent floods were measured by how high the water rose up the sides of the movie house. The flood waters level rose so high the Odeon was shut down for weeks.

On January 11, 1958 the headline read in the Trail Daily Times:

“Find Bomb in Odeon”
“An attempt was made in Trail last night to murder scores of patrons attending performances in the Odeon Theater.

A home made potential bomb, built of an oil can containing five sticks of dynamite, was placed below a seat. Its fuse was ignited – and failed to burn properly. As a result, dozens of people who might otherwise have been blown to pieces sat throught the show unaware that their lives had hung by a thread…”

In 1977 the theatre was once again renamed: Royal Theatre. The Royal remains the only active movie theatre in Trail.
Year Theater Opened: 1927

Number of Screen(s): 1

Concessions Available: yes

Ticket Price (local currency): Not Listed

Matinee Price (local currency): Not Listed

Web site: Not listed

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Please try to include yourself or gps in the picture.
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