Roxy Theater

521 Washington Avenue,
Bay City, MI 48708

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The Roxy Theater opened in 1906 as the Alvarado Theater. In 1913 it briefly became the Lyric Theater. In 1914 the name was changed again to the Grotto Theater. In 1926 it was known as the Temple Theater. In the late 1930’s the name was changed to the Roxy Theater. The Roxy closed around 1958. Click the link below for a photo of the Roxy Theater. The movie on the marquee is dated at 1939.

Contributed by Lost Memory

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 20, 2005 at 3:56 am

I saw those dates from the Bay Journal before I added this theater. The marquee in the photo says Roxy. The Gorilla movie is dated at 1939 and the Kentucky Moonshine movie is dated at 1938. If the theater was renamed to Roxy in 1942, that would mean that it ran 3-4 year old movies.

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.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 29, 2005 at 5:28 am

I suspect that the Roxy was showing a reissue double bill at the time, and that the photo could have been snapped any time after the 1942 name change. 20th-Fox had a very active reissue program in the 1940s, when there were several product shortages due to the war effort and to Hollywood labor problems.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 25, 2008 at 5:19 pm

More photos can be seen here.

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.

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