Roxy Independent Theatre

110 W. Broadway Avenue,
Muskogee, OK 74401

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Roxy Independent Theatre exterior

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Muskogee, Oklahoma, apparently had two Roxy theatres. The link below is to a John Vachon 1942 print, from Library of Congress Photo Archives, of the Roxy Independent. The other one was known simply as Roxy.

Know any more about either of these Roxys? If so, let’s hear from you!

Contributed by Jeff Chapman

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seymourcox on February 9, 2011 at 8:51 am

Muskogee had two Roxy Theatres, the one listed here (420 seats), and another (1300 seats) located on Okmulgee St. Both were downtown cinemas.
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TLSLOEWS on March 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Thanks for posting Seymour.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 30, 2012 at 10:04 am

The Summer, 2000, issue of Three Rivers Historian, the journal of the Three Rivers Museum, had an article about Muskogee’s theaters which said that the Roxy Theatre that opened in 1948 on Okmulgee Avenue had been built to replace an earlier Roxy Theatre that had burned. The burned theater must have been the Roxy Independent.

The building looks like it would have predated the name Roxy, which only came into use after the original Roxy Theatre in New York was opened in 1927. I suspect that the Roxy Independent was an older theater renamed, probably one of the four early theaters mentioned in the journal article the locations of which are not listed: the Gem, the Gaiety, the Wigwam, or the Merchant’s.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 30, 2012 at 2:46 pm

The Wigwam having been on Court Street certainly lets it out as an earlier name for the Roxy Independent.

But I’ve also found another puzzle. A 1928 item in MotionPicture News says that a house called the Strand Theatre had opened in Muskogee on September 30. I can find only one other reference to the Strand, in the 1929 Film Daily Yearbook, which said that the house had been sold to Cauhle and Perry.

I’m reluctant to submit the Strand to Cinema Treasures, as, with no address to go by, it might be an early name for one of the other theaters already listed and described as having opened in the 1930s (the Oklahoma and the Lyric.) Trade publications sometimes listed a theater as new when it was actually an old theater that had been reopened under a new name. In fact the 1928 Strand itself could have been an earlier theater reopened with a new name.

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