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The Royal Theatre stood on what is now the rubbish-strewn vacant lot on the corner of Grand Street and 5th Street. In the background is the Gopuran and Lotus Dome of the Nawab Miriammen Temple. On the right is a building housing a traditional healer. The mural designs which cover the facade of the building are typical of Southern Ndebele culture. The inhabitants of the area 120 years ago under Chief Maraba were Southern Ndebele people and their presence is still clearly evident. The small building to the left of the rear facade of the temple once housed a tailor.



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