Twin Theater Conversion and a New Name
In 1991-1992, a community investor group purchased the property and split the main auditorium into a twin theater. The city had converted several blocks of Commercial Street at the front of the theater into a pedestrian mall, and the main entry was relocated to the rear of the building for easier access to parking. The historic entry and balcony were abandoned. A new lobby with concession stand and new restrooms were added in the original stage area and the projection screen relocated. The theater then opened under the name Royal Theatre. Any semblance of the theater’s historic character was no longer visible to the theater’s patrons other than a partial glimpse of the now bisected quatrefoil ceiling feature in the twin theater section. In 2014, the theater once again shut its doors.
In 2017 Theatre Atchison purchased the abandoned Royal Theater intending to restore the facility to its historic roots as the Fox Theatre. The group also had the goal of returning it to a first-run movie venue for Atchison, which had not been available since the Royal had closed.