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 sits empty, but there is community action, supported by the Mayor to revive the building.

Contributed by Solomon's Porch at the Roxy

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danlbuckley
danlbuckley on May 6, 2007 at 7:02 pm

I actually worked at the Roxy from 1977 until 1982. It was owned by United Theatres of Seattle until being sold to Tom Moyer’s Luxury Theatres of Portland, Oregon in 1981(?). The sale to Moyer doomed the Roxy – Luxury did not believe in maintenance at all. They just allowed the Roxy to deteriorate throughout the years they had it.

I was hired by C.A. “Cabby” Baur and learned many things from this fine man. At the time, he was the only manager the Roxy had ever known – being hired directly by Ben Shearer himself.

It saddens me to see how this once great theatre has fallen. At least I still have my memories.

As for seating, the Roxy’s capacity was about 660. There is no way it could have ever been 749.

lounsbury
lounsbury on August 4, 2007 at 10:14 pm

Can anyone spell anti-religios bigotted hate speech?

paghat wrote:

“unpleasant hick-Christian coffeehouse"
"the sign that points the way to the ‘Arts’ street needs to be changed to ‘Redneck Christians’ street"
"right-winger for Jesus”

Gimme a break! Would any other hate speech be tolerated here? Think about it!

lounsbury
lounsbury on August 4, 2007 at 10:14 pm

Or religious? LOL

ron1screen
ron1screen on March 8, 2008 at 5:42 pm

I was in the Roxy for a concert given by Olympic College showcasing their Jazz ensemble and band. The place is amazing, It would be an easy restore and should be bought by someone who will turn it back into a cinema. While competition with the multi screen venues is not possible a specialty movie house might work along with live events. This is an “art modern” dream. The building is in very good condition thanks to the church,(although a little seedy). At least it has not been destroyed like so many others.

cinemamante
cinemamante on December 17, 2009 at 12:50 am

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 4:24 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 4:25 pm

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

Mark Edwards
Mark Edwards on November 22, 2011 at 12:16 pm

The Roxy is currently for sale. http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/17334188/270-4th-Street-Bremerton-WA/

Roxy Revival
Roxy Revival on January 28, 2014 at 11:29 pm

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

Roxy Revival
Roxy Revival on January 28, 2014 at 11:32 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 www.RoxyRevival.org. You can also like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RoxyRevivalBremerton or follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/roxyrevival.

You can Rescue the Roxy!!

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