Theatre Royal -The Theater Royal at 1022 Main opened here June 10, 1914. It was the forerunner of modern downtown motion picture palaces. By 1912, KC had 81 movie theaters, with an average weekly attendance of 449,064, almost twice the population of the city. Because a ticket cost only a nickel, movies were accessible to members of the working class, and many theatres opened in their neighborhoods.
Grand avenue has always been an important thoroughfare. In pioneer days thousands of wagons engaged in the south-western trade had rumbled over this road, then known as Market street. Theodore Case wrote of 1857 visit to the City of Kansas, Only one street, 'Market Street' which later became Grand avenue was cut through to the levee from the south and could be used for business locations; on the rest the grades were still too steep and the streets oppressively narrow.