Roxy Theatre

1545 Boardwalk,
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

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edblank on June 1, 2008 at 6:48 am

When a site is removed, what happens to the information and postings that were on it? Have they been threaded into this one or just erased? I’d hate to see the information just liquidated.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 31, 2008 at 1:42 pm

Did W.H. Lee collaborate with Hoffman & Henon on the Stanley Theatre, or is there an error in the introductory credits? Before it became known that the Roxy was originally known as the Stanley, the Roxy’s architect was listed as W.H. Lee, with the “firm” credit left blank. The separate Stanley listing, now removed, had “architect” blank and Hoffman & Henon as “firm.”

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 30, 2008 at 12:30 pm

The Stanley Theatre can by seen in the center background in this 1925 view of the Boardwalk:
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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 30, 2008 at 6:17 am

For most of its life, this was known as the Stanley Theatre. In 1958, Stanley Warner Corporation sold the Stanley to George Hamid & Sons, with a stipulation that the theatre’s name be changed to one that did not refer to the previous ownership. “Roxy” was the result. Consequently, the current separate listing at CT for the Stanley Theatre needs to be removed or combined with this one. Also, there seems to be a contradiction in the architectural credits.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 28, 2008 at 6:41 am

If this was the Stanley Theatre originally, then the two listings should be combined into one. At present, there’s a listing for the Roxy Theatre and another for the Stanley Theatre. One should be removed. W.H. Lee, credited as architect of the Roxy, was most active in the pre-talkies era, so this almost certainly was not called the Roxy at opening. If it was originally the Stanley, that implies ownership by Stanley Warner. Perhaps SW dropped the theatre in the 1950s and new owners changed the name to Roxy.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 26, 2008 at 8:44 am

I tend to agree that Roxy must have been a later name for the Stanley. There were no theatres called Roxy that I know of before the NYC Roxy opened in 1927. Following that, the use of “Roxy” was very restricted until Mr. Rothafel’s death. This A.C. theatre must have opened in the late 1920s or early 30s, while “Roxy” was still living.

HowardB on May 25, 2008 at 7:38 pm

This may clear up the mystery. Look up the Stanley Theater in Atlantic City. There is a link to a picture. Looking at the picture and the other buildings surrounding the “Stanley” I’m almost certain that the Stanley became the “Roxy” we are discussing here. The “Stanley” is listed as having over 1900 seats, which seems about right from my memories of the “Roxy” in the 60’s.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 22, 2008 at 7:04 am

I took another browse through my Film Daily Year Books and finally did find a listing for a Roxy Theatre in A.C. in the 1931 and 1932 editions. A seating capacity of 1,000 is reported in both editions. The Roxy disappears from A.C. listings in FDYBs after that. If that Roxy was the same Roxy as this one, I have no idea, but the considerable difference in seating capacities raises doubts. It seems possible that the name Roxy was legally challenged by the New York Roxy and that the A.C. Roxy agreed to restrict its advertising and promotion to the local level. It’s also possible that the Roxy fell victim to the Depression and may have had a long period of closure before re-opening. Another possiblity is that the Roxy was re-named for a perriod of time and then reverted to Roxy again.

kencmcintyre on May 8, 2008 at 9:25 pm

I vaguely recall the amusement park. I think there were a couple of childrens' rides and some skeeball games.

edblank on May 8, 2008 at 9:11 pm

The Roxy played “A Hole in the Head” for several weeks in the summer of 1959. Beautiful theater. I’d rank it second only to the Warner/Warren in Atlantic City in the 1950s. — Ed Blank

Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara on September 7, 2006 at 1:46 pm

I remember Super Simplex projectors & Ashcraft arc lamps. The water circulator to cool the carbons was a sink of running water connected to the lamhouses. The theatre entrance was on the boardwalk, but the theatre ran paralell to it. You got to the booth though the back of the large balcony. I stood on the back roof on the way up to the booth and looked at the Traymore Hotel. One of the projectionist, Richard DeHaven, use to sunbath on that roof. He also use to swim around The Steel Pier at the age of 80!

teecee on March 2, 2006 at 2:28 am

Listed in the 1970 FDY as part of G.G. Theatres.

HowardB on September 3, 2005 at 4:44 pm

I was pretty young when I went to theatres such as the Roxy, and my technical knowledge of presentation was slim at best. I really did not truly appreciate these palaces until they were all gone. I really regret not photographing these treasures for posterity. I was recently in one of the two big auditoriums at Neshaminy 24 with my 13
year old son and he was pretty awed when I explained to him that most
of the theatres I attended at his age or younger had twice the number of seats (600) that the two big rooms at the 24 have. By the
way, if you live in the area, auditoriums 2 and 24 at Neshaminy are probably the best places to see an “event” type film. Really large screens, good sound, 600 seats and not too many projection screw-ups even though it does appear that the boothes are “manned” by teenagers.

kencmcintyre on September 3, 2005 at 3:48 pm

I thought the theater where I saw Jungle Book was on the boardwalk, but you may be right. It’s been a long time.

HowardB on August 31, 2005 at 4:51 pm

Ken, I may be wrong, but you probably saw Jungle Book and Charlie The
Lonesome Cougar at the Center Theatre on Atlantic Avenue (that’s where I saw them). Oliver to my recollection never played at the Roxy, but did play at the Shore Theatre, also on Atlantic Avenue.

kencmcintyre on August 26, 2005 at 6:33 pm

I went to a double feature with my mother at the Roxy in 1967. The films were Jungle Book (the cartoon) and Charlie the Lonesome Cougar, a nature documentary of sorts released by Disney. I can picture the theater in my mind to this day. I also saw Oliver there the same year or possibly the next.

Mikeoaklandpark on May 31, 2005 at 12:23 pm

I was only in the Hollywood once when it became a $1.00 house before they closed. I rememebr the Beach had a beautful balcony. It’s a shame it became a porno theater in it’s later years.

HowardB on May 31, 2005 at 8:41 am

I think the Hollywood had a balcony and the best marquee and front(it looked amazing all lit up). The Beach definately had a balcony, but the Center did not. The Hollywood was big and beautiful also, but from a strictly movie viewing standpoint, the Roxy ruled (bigger
screen, better sight lines, etc.).

Mikeoaklandpark on May 31, 2005 at 6:30 am

I have no idea why they didn’t use this theater for roadshow engagements. The Virgina had no balcony and didn’t have a very large screen. It didn’t even have curtains or masking The Roxy had curtains, masking and a beautiful balcony. This was the only theater that didn’t show roadshow engagements. The SHore had a small balcony, but I don’t think the Center did and I can’t remember about the Hollywood.

Mikeoaklandpark on May 31, 2005 at 6:27 am

The last year for movies at the Roxy was 1973. They opneed for the season on June 27 with a Sidney Poiier movies entitiled, A Warm December. The following year, the Hamid family used the lobby for a moviee museum called MovieWolrd. George Hamids son ran it. The following year it was turned into an indoor amusement park, In 1981 it burned down.