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Royal Theatre

The epicenter of Baltimore's African-American cultural scene, operating on Pennsylvania Avenue as a sister theater to the Apollo in Harlem, the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C., the Regal Theater in Chicago and the Earle Theater in Philadelphia, was razed in 1971. A list of performers who played the Royal would fill a page, but here are a few: Fats Waller, Ethel Waters, Pearl Bailey, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Etta James, Nat King Cole (pictured), The Temptations and The Supremes.Phillips & Son Photography, handout photo