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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JimRankin
JimRankin on May 27, 2004 at 2:38 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.

KenLayton
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.

ROXYTHEATRE
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
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
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
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
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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