Roxy Theater

270 E. 4th Street,
Bremerton, WA 98337

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The Roxy Theater was opened on May 29, 1941 and was originally owned by Benjamin F. Shearer. It was designed by Bjarne H. Moe, one of the Pacific coast’s foremost theater architects.

The Roxy Theater still displays its original Pioneer Northwest Photographer Asahel Curtis Giant Photo Mural of Bremerton, The Navy Yard with the White
Fleet of 1908. At the time it was one of largest photo murals ever produced in the Pacific Northwest.

After closing as a movie theatre it was owned, operated and lovingly cared for by Calvary Chapel Bremerton, and was used for church services, as well as Christian concerts, events and movies. Its supporters call it “The Pacific Northwest’s most Intimate, Nostalgic and Rockin' Christian Venue.” It featured Solomon’s Porch Coffee House & Espresso Bar, plus events. As they liked to say “The Roxy now belongs to Jesus!”

Jesus has now left the Roxy Theater when the church closed due to foreclosure and it was taken over by a bank in late-2013. The building sat empty, but there was community action, supported by the Mayor to revive the building. Restoration began in July 2017 and it was reopened March 2, 2018 with a free showing of “The Greatest Showman”.

Contributed by Solomon's Porch at the Roxy

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cinemamante on December 16, 2009 at 9:50 pm

I saw many movies at Bremerton’s Roxy in the 1970’s and 1980’s. The building’s interior had a grace and elegance that was unusual for Bremerton which was a rough-and-tumble town (and still is, to a good degree). The building’s architectural style is identified as Art Moderne or Streamline Moderne, which is very unusual because this dates to WWII era when Bremerton was a boomtown – and I haven’t seen many building of this style in the United States. I hope the owners know what a gem they have on their hands and I hope they haven’t messed up the beautiful minimalist wood details, etc. If I had Paul Allen’s money, this would be my pet project. Oh, and the concession stand was along the box office, on the street, which always struck me as quirky.

In the early 1980’s I worked around the corner at the Admiral Theater, also in the Streamline Moderne style, but a larger cinema – a big hulking concrete box with a balcony. It was chopped-up into a triplex when I worked there, and the wood entry doors were replaced with glass storefront type, which dealt a blow to it’s original Moderne integrity. Now the Admiral has undergone a full-blown overhaul and is an operating venue; I had a brief look at the interior, and it has lost all of it’s original Art Moderne feel which is too bad, but that’s a minor setback given that Bremerton has revived an old gem and has put some sign of life into it’s downtown.

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on December 5, 2010 at 1:24 pm

At last Fridays live New Orleans Jazz Band stage show, the non-profit Admiral Theatre was simply jumping with balcony and dinner guests seated below.
This historic place has class along with an interesting variety program of stage shows and classic movies. I also enjoy hosting as one of their volunteers.

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on December 5, 2010 at 1:25 pm

I forgot to add that the house brass lobby “load” sign reads 999.

Mark Edwards
Mark Edwards on November 22, 2011 at 9:16 am

The Roxy is currently for sale.

Roxy Revival
Roxy Revival on January 28, 2014 at 8:29 pm

We’re trying to rescue the Roxy and we need your help! Send your story to . Check out our website at I’d love to hear from you!!

Roxy Revival
Roxy Revival on January 28, 2014 at 8:32 pm

Yes, it’s true, the Roxy Theater is now bank owned. We want to give it back to the community. Check out Roxy Revival’s effort on our website You can also like us on Facebook: or follow us on Twitter:

You can Rescue the Roxy!!

Rachel McBain
Rachel McBain on March 4, 2015 at 7:15 pm

It appears Calvary did the best it could in terms of upkeep. The building needs work, but its spectacular Streamline Moderne design (state of the art in 1941) has been preserved. Personally, I feel this design represents Streamline even better than The Admiral. The sweeping curves of the lobby and starburst wall decorations anticipate Googie style.

William Creswell
William Creswell on March 3, 2018 at 10:23 am

The Roxy officially reopened last night, March 2, 2018, with a free showing of The Greatest Showman to a packed house. The theater is in magnificent shape and is sporting a brand new marquee and sign.

KenLayton on March 3, 2018 at 8:41 pm

Anyone have pictures of the interior of the projection booth?

dickneeds111 on January 25, 2019 at 9:14 am

Saw many movies at the Roxy in the 1960’s while my ships were in the shipyard. @ of the films I remember which had long lines and sell outs. Were “The Graduate” and Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner". Nice theatre.

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