Museum of Musicology

1300 Block of Pennsylvania Avenue

Site of the Royal Theater, jazz niteclub. The attached photo and essay are from Karen Olsonís ìOld West Baltimore: Segregation, African american Culture, and the Struggle for Equality,î Chapter Four in The Baltimore Book, pp. 56-78.

Royal Theater, 1300 block Pennsylvania Avenue, late 1920s, photographer unknown
Photo courtesy of Baltimore City Life Museums (Peale Museum)

In the 1930s and 1940s, white as well as black patrons packed the Royal Theater, formerly on the 1300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, to hear jazz greats.


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