Roxy Theater

21 East Diamond Avenue,
Hazleton, PA 18201

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The Roxy Theater first opened on December 6, 1915 at 21 East Diamond Avenue. It had 500 seats on one floor and began as the Savoy Theater. When it first opened it hosted both vaudeville acts and films, but gradually changed over to all movies.

In 1918 the theater became the Pleasure Parlor and was operated by the Hersker family who also operated the Hersker Theater in West Hazleton.

In the early 1930’s it became the Roxy and often showed films catering to the Italian community. It operated until 1945 and was converted into retail space. The theater building and others in the block were destroyed by fire in the mid 1990’s.

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georgeator
georgeator on March 6, 2006 at 7:41 am

I had never attended a movie at the Roxy since it was closed long before I was born. Older relatives have told me that this was apparently the “bargain” theater in the city. Admissions and snacks were cheaper than any other theater in town. My personal comment is that I was actually the person who reported the fire that destroyed the Roxy. It was late evening and I happened to be passing by when I noticed an orange glow inside the building. This was before cell phones, so I immediately drove to city hall which was nearby to report the fire. Unfortunately it was too late to save the building. I still wonder if the fire was arson. There is still just an empty lot where the Roxy stood.

RJS
RJS on March 27, 2006 at 12:29 am

Attached is a photo I took of the former Roxy Theater after the fire had damaged the building and a number of nearby buildings. The photo is dated April 1991, so the fire must have occurred during the winter of 1990/1991 and not mid-1990’s as I indicated above.

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