Roxy Theatre

1506 15th Street,
Moline, IL 61265

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Roxy Theater, Moline IL about 1983

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Opened as the Avoy Theatre in 1914 it closed in 1932. Reopened as the Roxy Theatre in 1936, it was owned by Brotman, M. & Sons and seating was listed at 498. The theatre closed in 1975 and was demolished in 1984.

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milesrich
milesrich on June 27, 2008 at 11:57 pm

This theater was open long after 1955. I saw a 2nd run Western circa 1958-1959, and the theater was open into the early 60’s, when it was converted into an adult film theater. I think it closed in the early 70’s.

milesrich
milesrich on June 27, 2008 at 11:57 pm

It was on 15th Street, not 15th Avenue.

frogfarmer
frogfarmer on January 15, 2009 at 11:49 am

I remember watching many of the “beach” movies at the Roxy. Used to hop on my bike and pedal from our house on 2nd Street and 17th Ave to see the Saturday or Sunday matinee. It was a sad day when they closed and converted to adult flicks. After the adult years it became a theater for the Hispanic crowd for a few years before finally closing.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 7, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Nice photo Lost.

TomBarrister
TomBarrister on September 8, 2011 at 2:51 pm

The Roxy stood on 15th street, which was one of the main throughways. I lived about three blocks away and had a paper route that took me close to the Roxy. The Roxy was about a block from the hill leading downtown (north). A short ways down the hill stood the Wellington Apartments; they’re still there, but probably under another name. The original Moline High School (later the original site of Black Hawk College) was nearby. Across the street and a bit north was a drug store with a soda fountain. A Schlegel’s drug store was a block or so south, where 15th and 16th streets forked (16th being the “main drag” of the two).

From the late 1950’s until it became an adult place, the Roxy got all of its movies after no other theaters wanted them. A movie would make two or three runs at different venues before ending up at the Roxy. I don’t remember them ever getting anything first. The theater was old and run down even in the early 1960’s. I delivered something there in 1970 and peeked inside. It wasn’t a pretty site, nor was it a place to take a deep breath in.

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