Roxy Theater

521 Washington Avenue,
Bay City, MI 48708

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Roxy Theater

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Opened in 1906 as the Alvarado Theater. In early-1913 it briefly became the Lyric Theater. By June 1913 the name was changed again to the Grotto Theater. In February 1921 the interior was destroyed by fire. Repairs were carried out and by 1926 it was known as the Temple Theater. In the late-1930’s the name was changed to the Roxy Theater. The Roxy Theater closed around 1958. Click the link below for a photo of the Roxy Theater. The movie on the marquee is dated at 1939.

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teecee
teecee on August 29, 2005 at 5:20 am

A Wurlitzer organ, opus 1771, was installed in the Temple Theatre on 10/27/1927. This data supports the name history as stated above.

Del Fox
Del Fox on November 24, 2011 at 12:31 pm

When I was about 9yrs old I saw Roy Rogers and his horse Trigger live on the Roxy stage. I have a picture. will post when I can.

Khnemu
Khnemu on August 19, 2017 at 12:43 pm

The theater was already operating as the Grotto by June 1913 according to a small article in Variety of that month:

“Grotto theatre, Bay City, Mich., has discontinued vaudeville for the present and will continue through the summer with pictures.”

Also, from Exhibitors Herald of Feb. 26, 1921:

“Bay City, Mich. — Fire has destroyed the interior of the Grotto theater. Loss was estimated at $10,000”.

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