Now Playing; Cinema-Inspired Art at the Royale

​​The staff at Royale movie theater in Mesa is finding new ways to entertain lobby guests, including an old school VHS library, retro arcade games, and an art gallery.
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

Opening tonight at 5 p.m. and curated by Victor Moreno, Now Playing will be a rotating exhibit and, Moreno hopes, a mainstay in the Royale's lobby.

Each painting depicts an artistic rendering of various films, including the Shining, Fight Club, and the Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. The works are on display on the walls and in the windows, offering passersby a different look at the films the Royale screens apart from traditional movie posters.

"It's an independent movie theater, and I want to get that into people's heads," Moreno says. "There's things in there you wouldn't have in other theaters, and an art gallery in a theater isn't something you'd expect."

The exhibit will initially feature works by Moreno, Jessica Clair, and Justin Edwards, though Moreno hopes he can find more contributors in the Roosevelt Row, Scottsdale, and East Valley art scenes.

​"We're going to have a different theme every month; cult movies, poster art, art based on a certain kind of genre or movie," Moreno says. "The goal is to get film fans who'd also contribute art and build up a local scene dedicated to that."

Like at any traditional gallery, the works are for sale, and the artists plan to produce smaller prints for films the theater is screening.

​For tonight's double screening of Sam Raimi's boomstick-and-chainsaw-wielding cult-classic Army of Darkness, Moreno has created a 11-by-17-inch print that movie-goers can purchase for $10. Tickets are $8 for this one night event, and the film will be playing at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m..

Expect similar prints for future films and more exhibit contributions from local artists. In the meantime, if you're not into nerds punching nazis, head to the Royale and check out Bruce Campbell grow a second head in the hokiest medieval romp since Willow

Now Playing opens tonight, alongside an exclusive screening of Army of Darkness, at the Royale at 108 West Main Street in Mesa. Entrance to the gallery is free; tickets for the film cost $8. Visit the Royale's website for more information

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.