Roxy Theatre

13112 E. Philadelphia Street,
Whittier, CA 90601

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The Scenic Theatre was opened in 1920. It was later renamed Roxy Theatre and closed in 1968.

Contributed by William Gabel

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 3, 2004 at 7:28 pm

I have found an additional reference to the Scenic Theater. Southwest Builder and Contractor issue of 7/18/1919 says that architects A.R. Walker and P.A. Eisen had prepared the plans for the theater.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 23, 2007 at 5:08 pm

LA Times reported on 10/1/71:

THEATER IN WHITTIER DESTROYED BY ARSON

Fire destroyed the 50-year-old Roxy Theater in Whittier early Thursday despite the efforts of nine fire units from three cities.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 13, 2007 at 6:55 pm

Excerpt from an LA Times article on 9/21/75:

In 1919 the Roxy Theater in Whittier was called “the latest word in motion picture circles” and “one of the finest motion picture houses in the Southland”. Vaudeville acts shared the Roxy’s spotlight and stage with flimed silent screen classics.

The price for a night out at the raucous Roxy was high, fifty cents a person. By 1971, the cost of one of the wooden seats had inflated to 65 cents, but even at that price there were no takers. The old theater was deteriorating. The mortar used to hold its brick facade together was crumbling. The neon-lighted marquee blinked if it worked at all. The quality of clientele dropped. Parents didn’t want their children going inside.

On September 29, 1971, the old Roxy burned to the ground. Firemen said the blaze was set deliberately. An arson investigation launched. The old theater became a dirt parking lot.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 14, 2007 at 10:21 am

From the LA Times, 6/26/20:

Whittier to Have Well Equipped Motion Picture Theater

Whittier’s new theater, the Scenic, will open for business next Monday, presenting “The Ladder of Lies”. The Scenic is the venture of three well-known Whittier men, Truman C. Berry, J.H. Gwin and E.C. Siler. These men have for some time been operating the Gale, which will also be continued by them as an evening house. The new house will probably offer daily matinees.

The new theater seats 1500 people and represents an outlay of $150,000. It is located on East Philadelphia Street, a block and a half from the business center of the city.

mldevin
mldevin on July 24, 2009 at 4:52 pm

From the Diary of Wilbert S. Myers – July 12, 1913 (Whittier CA):
“Robert <son of W. S. Myers> attended the new "Berry Grand” picture show tonight.“
After this date there were several mentions of the "Berry Grand,” but the location was never revealed. Does anyone know the location of this theatre in Whittier?

minann
minann on January 20, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I worked at the Roxy in 1963 and 1964. It was my first job and I was an “usherette”. The employees would rotate working behind the snack bar/candy counter, selling tickets or ushering. The theatre did have a balcony and one could watch the movie from there. So sad that it burned down. Lots of good memories.

BillCounter
BillCounter on March 18, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Another one in Whittier:

Strand Theatre, 122 W. Philadelphia St.

It’s in the 1924, 28 and 29 city directories. I haven’t come across any later listings.

JimMitchell
JimMitchell on December 21, 2011 at 4:19 pm

This theatre housed the office of Hugh W. Bruen, who operated the Roxy, Wardman, and Whittier theaters and the Sundown Drive-In for many years. He was a prince of a guy, always giving passes to community groups and to kids like me with an interest in the movies.

rustyoltimer
rustyoltimer on February 26, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Jim, are you related to “X.X.”? Im Betty’s son!

JimMitchell
JimMitchell on July 19, 2013 at 4:56 pm

No relation, but I knew X.X.’s son, also Jim.

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