Roxy Theatre

115 Mashell Avenue S,
Eatonville, WA 98328

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Rear of theater

Viewing: Photo | Street View

Opened in October 1942, It replaced an earlier 1932 built Roxy Theatre on Main Street (now a furniture store). This fully restored small town single screen theater has been recently updated with a Dolby sound system and facilities that are fully ADA-compliant (i.e. accessible to those with handicaps).

The Roxy vertical neon sign has also been restored to new condition. This particular neon sign is the twin to the unrestored Roxy sign at the Roxy Theater in Morton, Washington.

Contributed by Ken Layton

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 25, 2006 at 5:03 am

This is a 1942 photo of A Roxy theater in Eatonville. Could it be this theater or another Roxy theater?

KenLayton on October 25, 2006 at 6:38 am

Looks like a different street. Doesn’t appear to match anything on Mashelle Ave, but that street view does look like Main street. I believe that the theater shown in the 1942 photo is now a storefront.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 25, 2006 at 8:08 am

It seems odd that there would be two Roxy movie theaters in one town. Maybe the current Roxy theater on Mashelle Ave replaced the Roxy on Main St. Any idea when this (Mashelle Ave) Roxy theater opened?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 12, 2008 at 9:15 am

Here is a 2008 photo of the Roxy.

ROXYTHEATRE on June 22, 2009 at 7:17 am

The 1942 photo does show the original Roxy Theatre in Eatonville. That building is now the home of Eatonville Furniture. The current Roxy Theatre construction started in 1941 and opened in October of 1942. When the new Roxy opened the one in the photo was closed as they were owned by the same people. I am one of the current owner / operators of the Roxy Theatre in Eatonville.

KenLayton on June 22, 2009 at 8:11 am

I understand the original boxoffice is no longer used and customers must buy tickets from the snack bar.

ROXYTHEATRE on June 23, 2009 at 7:09 am

The original box office is not used. When we did the remodel in 1996, so we could open the theatre after being closed for 15+ years, we put a box office window to where the ticket seller can assist in the snack bar. You still purchase your tickets prior to entering the theatre. We did this to try and keep the overhead / payroll down.

KenLayton on June 23, 2009 at 8:08 am

Is the projection booth still manually operated? Or did you get an automation system and electronic houselight dimmer?

Is the platter a Christie or a Strong/Potts?

ROXYTHEATRE on June 25, 2009 at 6:19 am

Yes, the projection booth is still manually operated. We have a Potts 3 tier 52" platter system. We use a 3000 watt bulb with a Simplex XL projector, a Dolby CP45 processor, 3 900 watt QSC amps with JBL speakers behind the screen and 8 EV surround speakers.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 15, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Jan 8 1970 and Paul Newman is starring in “WINNING” there at the Roxy.Like so many small towns it felt the need to add over the movie ad,“Adults and Mature Young people”.Wildest Double feature ever At the ROXY. Jan 12 1972 sees “THE INCREDIBLE TWO HEADED TRANSPLANT” with a “WALK IN THE SPRING RAIN”.Can’t make it up.

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