Neighborhood: West Area
Address: 1329 Pennsylvania Ave.
Closed doors in: 1971
Famous for: Mecca for black entertainment in '60s and '70s.
Serving as the premier theater in the entertainment district along Pennsylvania Avenue, the Royal Theater was the spot amongst high elites, zoot suiters, and business impresarios. And with tickets at just $1, loyal patrons could see the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday and more. Among other venues that prospered under the laws of segregation, the Royal Theater was the only place where blacks could go and eventually became the epicenter of black entertainment. Other notable acts include crooners Etta James and Count Basie and the Motown groups the Temptations and the Supremes. Harlem had the Apollo theater and Chicago had the Regal Theatre, but Baltimore had the Royal theater.