This theater was part of an unusual multi-use project including a hotel and three theaters of varying size, of which the 1200-seat Royale was intended to be a musical comedy theater. Its facade is a fine example of the romantic “Modern Spanish” style with which Herbert Krapp adorned the Chanins’ later theaters. Its significant architectural features include a five-arch arcade, a parapet adorned with a stylized pediment, and classically-inspired terra-cotta trim.
The interior of the theater is a fine example of the romantic “Modern Spanish,” and it includes an unusual groin-vault ceiling, and murals by artist Willy Pogany entitled “Lovers of Spain,” continuing the “Spanish” motif of the theatrical complex.
STATUS Designated Exterior and Interior Landmark
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