via Dennis Wilhelms smart phone

“Another site with strong links to some of the nation’s greatest African-American musicians is the Royal Theater on the west side of South Street. Also designed by Frank Hahn, the theater opened in 1920 as the city’s first movie house catering to the black community, showcasing the work of actor/singer Paul Robeson and director Oscar Michaeaux. The Royal presented live performances as well, by the likes of Bessie Smith, Fats Waller and Pearl Bailey. . . ”

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