The Royal: Loves A Long Goodbye
Amidst the car horns and national flags in Little Italy yesterday evening, a long line-up formed in front of The Royal for its would-be last film, Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” . The screening was supposed to start at 9pm but it wasn’t until 9:30pm that the thank-yous to the staff began and one of the current owners confirmed that the theatre will be reborn sometime in the future. As an extra treat, the projectionist showed a Three Stooges short before finally playing the opening overture to Kubrick’s film. Sometime around midnight, the theatre shut its doors for the last time, albeit temporarily.
Photo of the Royal by Cal MacLean