Roxy Theater

270 E. 4th Street,
Bremerton, WA 98337

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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 www.RoxyRevival.org. You can also like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RoxyRevivalBremerton or follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/roxyrevival.

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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 RoxyRevival.org. I’d love to hear from you!!

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

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

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.

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.

cinemamante
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.

ron1screen
ron1screen on March 8, 2008 at 2:42 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.

lounsbury
lounsbury on August 4, 2007 at 7:14 pm

Or religious? LOL

lounsbury
lounsbury on August 4, 2007 at 7:14 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!

danlbuckley
danlbuckley on May 6, 2007 at 4:02 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.

KenLayton
KenLayton on August 15, 2006 at 4:57 am

The auditoium interior is very similar to the State Theater in Olympia, Washington.

ron1screen
ron1screen on August 14, 2006 at 8:51 pm

I was in the ROXY only one time during the mid 1980’s when the place was owned by Tom Moyer’s Luxury Theaters (Portland Ore) and was pleasantly suprised at the design of the theater. The Auditorium is all on onw slope with a large cove lit dome in the cieling. the decorations are very plain but nice late art deco (1941). The lobby has a great deco glass light fixture on the cieling and the base boards around all the walls are red marble. There are many old photo’s of the shipyard and various vessels adorning the walls in the lobby and the restroom lounges in keeping with the location of the theater and the importance of the Navy to Bremerton. Truly a Jewel that deserves to be restored and treasured.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 11, 2006 at 4:51 am

A close up photograph of the Roxy marquee, taken in September 2003:
http://flickr.com/photos/80517818@N00/10448286/

rodeojack
rodeojack on October 2, 2005 at 3:00 pm

Actually, the Roxy is doing rather well in it’s latest incarnation. Considering the number of huge single-screen downtown theatres that have closed as its customers have headed to the outlying multiplexes with huge parking lots, the fact that the Roxy is open at all is a small miracle.

It was purchased from the Tom Moyer chain by an area welding contractor, who had visions of restoring the building as a combined movie and performing arts house. However, the cost of asbestos abatement and proper rebuilding was more than the owner could afford, so he sold it to the Calvary people.

While it’s likely the Roxy will never return to its original function, it is open, well cared for, respects its origins and does serve as a safe, well supervised venue for the area’s young people.

I have my doubts that it will ever be a shoestore! :)

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 7, 2005 at 9:44 am

The 1950 edition of Film Daily Yearbook gives a seating capacity of 749.

paghat
paghat on July 7, 2005 at 9:36 am

Today the Roxy is an unpleasant hick-Christian coffeehouse with almost no patronage except on Sunday but stays open because of tax exemptons & church volunteerism. It dominates a street that was some years ago designated an “arts” street which was supposed to appeal to tourism &amp get the abandoned buildings rented, but the project failed to attract anything to do with the arts that lasted even a full year; the most successful business on the street was a Wargaming enterprise & even they moved to a better location. So the sign that points the way to the “Arts” street needs to be changed to “Redneck Christians” street, since the sorely abused Roxy is just about the most “successful” “business” there. The only good thing about the Roxy’s present use (unless one is also a right-winger for Jesus) is that the hillbillies that run it can’t afford to gut it & destroy any chance that it might someday be restored as a cinema. The waterfront has been recently restored or improved to be more than parking lots & ferry terminal, & some Bremertonoids hope the improvements will filter up along the streets where most of the businesses are marginal or the storefronts unrented, & it’s the biggest pipedream of all that the Roxy is not eventually going to be hollowed out & turned into a discount shoestore. www.weirdwildrealm.com

kateymac01
kateymac01 on May 31, 2005 at 5:53 pm

I’m finding conflicting information about this theater’s seating. Other sites list its capacity at 600. Anyone?

RobertR
RobertR on January 15, 2005 at 9:41 pm

It’s unusual how high the theatres marquee is mounted above the entrance doors.

5456581
5456581 on January 15, 2005 at 7:33 pm

While stationed at the shipyard in 1962&1968 I saw many films at the Roxy. It was a wonderful theatre. I remember haviny to wait in l;ine for up to 2 hours to 2 movies when they came ot. 1. The Graduate and 2. Guess whos coming to dinner. I am glad to see that the Roxy is still standing and has not gone the way of so many of our quaint an beautiful theatres around the country. Dick Smith. Scituate, Mass.

JimRankin
JimRankin on May 27, 2004 at 2:36 am

It is amazing how many theatres are named ROXY in imitation of the once famous name of the New York City panjandrum of the movie palace: Samual Lionel Rothapfel = “Roxy”. His namesake was the famous ROXY THEATRE in NYC, which outlasted him by only 25 years when it was demolished in 1960. The whole story is in that landmark book “The Best Remaining Seats: The Story of the Golden Age of the Movie Palace” by the late Ben M. Hall in 1961. Various editions of it are sometimes available from www.Amazon.com, but only the first edition contains the color plates.