“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Victoria in Capital Regional District, British Columbia — Canada’s West Coast

Royal Theatre

Le Théâtre Royal

Royal Theatre Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Lester, October 14, 2013
1. Royal Theatre Marker
Inscription.  Constructed in 1912-1913 during the Victoria building boom, this structure originally opened as the Royal Victoria Theatre, owned by a group of local entrepreneurs. Theatres of this type, presenting live dramatic, musical and vaudeville performances, were constructed across Canada between 1913 and 1930. While they were among the grandest theatres ever built in this country, few now exist. This theatre's impressive bricK and terra cotta facade and ornate classically-inspired interior have provided an appropriate setting for generations of events central to the social and cultural life of Victoria.

Ce théâtre, d'abord appelé Royal Victoria, fut construit en 1912-1913, durant une période de développement accéléré. Il appartenait à un groupe d'entrepreneurs locaux. Des théâtres de ce genre, où l'on présentait des oeuvres dramatiques, des séances musicales et des spectacles de vaudeville, virent le jour un peu partout au Canada entre 1913 et 1930. Ils comptaient parmi les plus grandioses jamas construits au pays, mais il en resté très peu d'exemples aujourd'hui. Celui-ci, avec son impressionnante façade de brique et de terre cuite et son
Royal Theatre image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Lester, October 14, 2013
2. Royal Theatre
intérieur d'inspiration classique très orné, a fourni un cadre approprié aux manifestations de la vie sociale et culturelle de Victoria pendant plusieurs générations.
Erected by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Entertainment. In addition, it is included in the Canada, Historic Sites and Monuments Board series list.
Location. 48° 25.405′ N, 123° 21.749′ W. Marker is in Victoria, British Columbia, in Capital Regional District. Marker is at the intersection of Broughton Street and Blanshard Street, on the right when traveling east on Broughton Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 805 Broughton Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1E5, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Cathedral (about 210 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Church of Our Lord (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Arbutus Tree (Arbutus menziesii) (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); 713 Johnson (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Fort Victoria (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Vancouver Island Wallmap Mural (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Windsor Hotel (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Customs House (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Victoria.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 22, 2013, by Andrew Lester of Victoria, BC, Canada. This page has been viewed 381 times since then. Last updated on April 7, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 22, 2013, by Andrew Lester of Victoria, BC, Canada. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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