Rebuilding the Royal Theater
and Pennsylvania Avenue

“Improving The Quality of Life In The African American Community”

Ask any native Baltimorean about The Royal Theater and a smaile is certain to appear on his or her face as they recollect with pride the grandeur and vibrancy of the historic venue. The Royal Theater and Pennsylvania Avenue served as Baltimore’s cultural epicenter for more than five decades.

Opening in 1925 at the height of American’s jazz age, The Royal Theater was a premiere venue in the region, rivaling theaters in Harlem, Philadelphia and Chicago and launching the career’s of musical icons including the legendary Duke Ellington and Ethel Waters, renowned comedian Red Foxx and the emblem of Baltimore blues-Billie Holiday.

Story has it The Royal Theater, originally The Douglas, was funded by African Americans who raised money through a brick buying campaign. In the spirit of our for-fathers we have instituted our campaign”Rebuilding The Royal One Brick at A Time”. The goal is to raise awareness, get everyone involved and make this goal a reality. When you buy a brick your name will be posted on this site. Once the Royal is rebuilt all of these names and supporters will be posted on a wall in the project. We thank all of you that have joined us on this mission.

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We Are Rebuilding The Royal One Brick At A Time

Celesta Adams • Judy Allen • Anthony Ambush • Debora Ambush (4) • Wyatte Arrington • Edward L. Austin • Thelma L. Austin • Jaqueline Bailey • David Baker • Baltimore Africa-American Historical & Geneology Society • Winegan Bankshee • Tonette Barnes • Ada Barrett • Charles Bailey • Lawrence Barrett • Beacon Chapter #10 O.E.S. • Beatrice & Mike • Damon Bennett • Lynley Bernstein • Wanda Best • Joan Blackston • Donna Blackwell • Marc Boles • Rev. David L. Bordley • Dr. Charlene Cooper Boston • Kim Brandon (18) • Karen Thompson-Braden • Betty & Floyd Brinkley • Cookie Britt • Ayesha Vickers-Brown • Beverly Booth Brown • Beverly Booth Brown • Cheryne Amesha Brown • Cory Amir Brown • Damon Akhi Brown • Gail Robinson Brown • Lenox William Brown • Olivia Beverly-Lynn Brown • Sterling Allan Brown • William Alfred Brown, Jr. • Yolanda Bryant • Corine Burkett • Jimmie Lee Burkett • Robert L. Burkett • Tobie Burkett • Jerita Butler • Thersa Butler • Jake & Butch Jr. • Peter Van Buren • Damiene Cain • Donte’ Cain • Maya Cain • Monte Cain • Billy Campbell (Tre’) • Monica Campbell • Pamela & Bill Campbell • Felica Cephas • Guy A. Cephas • Anissa L. Chase • Bernice Chase • Gracie Claxton • Raleigh Claxton • Tracie Claxton • Walter Claxton • William E. Coleman • Feliza L. Cooper • Carroll C. Conquest • Talesha S. Conquest • Cindy Cribb • Donna Crib • Joanie C. Cross • Russell Seeney Cunningham • Joseph Daniels (10) • Kristin Dawson • Dana, Jazz & Demond • Amy Davis (2) • Brooks Davis Family • Shirley DeMar • Nathan Dennies • Claudia Gail Dezurm* • Adrianne Diggs • James Dow • Regina Dow • Chikesha El-Amin • Arnold Fair • L.C. Fields • Joyce Fitzgerald • James Ford • Delores Ford • Loretta Gardner • Robert R. Gardner, Sr • Vivien Gardner • Caprece Jackson-Garrett • Dara Jackson-Garrett • Samuel L. Gaskins* • Georie • Greg G. Gilmore • Wm. & Rosemond Gilyard • John ‘Pooh’ Givens • Yvonne Givens • Kenny Goins • Sylvia Goins • B. Goodman • Mable Gordan • Duward Grice • Ricardo Griffin • Anthony L. Gross • Amy L. Hall* • Antonio Hardy • Rev. Jamie Harvey • Linda Harvey • Arnold & Doris Hayes • Deral Henderson • Michelle Henderson • Dan Henson • Catherine Herndon • Elizabeth Teena Herndon • Jasmine Henderson • Rachel Hennick • Rachel & Bill Hennick (56) • Gerald E. Hinton • The Hobbs Family • Duane Houston • Daniel R. Howard, MD • Debra H. Howell • Tyree A. Huddleston III • James P. Hyman • Vivian L. Imes • Ivy Jackson • Jane • Paulette Jennings • Adrian Johnson • Gloria H. Johnson • Frederick Jones • Robin J. Jones • Yawa Jones • Fernando L. Johnson, Jr. • Laianna S. Johnson • Patricia Jones • William A. Jones, IV • JoAnn K. Josep • Sylvia & Bernard Joseph • Fellisco Keeling • The Lamb Family • Joyce Lambert • Dr. June H. Lawarence • Deloris Laws • Michael B. Lee • Florine McCreary Lewis • Stanley Linthicum, Sr. • Janette Little • Letitia Lloyd • Richard Lomonico • Cassandra Lucas • Homer & Josie MacLewis • Jane MacMurray • M. Caleb Mann • Gabriele Mann • Lear Mann • Morris & Brenda Mann • Camille Marine • Nedia Marine • Lottie L. Matthews • Ronald W. Matthews • Pam Mattison • Gwendolyn McCleave • Tonya McCoy • Jane McMurray • Eugene McWay • Ronald & Augusta Mears • Lucresha Mercer • Corene M. Meyers • Earl W. Miller • Mary E. Miller • Jim Mitchell, Jr. • Emmanuel Moore • Charles Morrison, Sr. • Yvone Moten • Martha Munsell • Nicholas Murphy • Karen Nelson • Joann Oluiqbo • Dorian Pacheco • Susan Parker • Diana Pabich(7) • Maynard Parker • Pat & Richard • Denise Payne • Pearlie • Joshua Richardo Perry • Luther James Perry • Bob Pellaton • Lynn Pellaton • Nane & Menyette Peyton • Antero Pietha • Faye Pines • Benjamin C. Pope • Clarice Pope • Vernon Powell • Betty Laster Pressley* • Joaquin Prudent • Justin Prudent • Joshua Pryor • Justin Pryor • Kendall Pryor • James Queen • Aaron Rhines • Tim Reese • Genover Rhodes • Rosa ‘Rambling Rose’ Pryor & Shorty Trusty • Aaron Robinson • Myrtle Robinson • Robert Robinson • Norma Rosina (2) • Ryan Roundtree • Troy Roundtree • Rudy • Vanessa Sampson • Gert & Bob Scott • Loretta Scott • Michael & Kathleen Seeney • Vi Seeney • Joan E. Smith & Family • Rebecca Smith • Arthur Smokestack • Donald Soh • Sangw Song • Sons of The American Legion • Rhonda Spencer • Stanley • Adele E. Street & Family • Barbara Stokes • Donnie Strickland • Augusta Jones Stokes • Dural & Burnice Suite • Dural Suite, Jr. • Garland Suite (2) • The Suitt Family • Chuck Swain, Jr. • Linda Swain • Rena’ Sweetwine • Rudy Tael • Anita Taylor • Larry Taylor • William & Pamela Taylor • Time Printers • Deborah Underwood & Family • Randi Vega • Dennis Velez • Wallace/Utausha • Beverly Washington • Dennis L. Waters, Sr. • Dennis L. Waters III • Francena Bea-Waters • Vielka Waters • Linda Watkins • Mr. & Mrs. Watkins • Chick Webb* • L. Azania Welling • John Milton Wesley • Joe C. White • Nina Dow Wilkins • William & Robin • Ann Williams • Anthony Williams • Ethel Williams • Larry Williams • Andre L. Wilson, Jr. • Police Officer-Henry Hank Wilson • Karen L. Wheeler • William White • Cherrie Woods • Joan M. Wright • Lois Wysinger

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