Old Roxy Theatre

116 Main Street North,
Mount Forest, ON N0G 2L0

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After closing as a cinema, this theatre was used as a venue for live performances. Information about when it opened and closed as a movie theatre is sketchy although it was operating as the Lauder Theatre in 1941 and the Roxy Theatre in 1943.

Contributed by Christopher Walczak

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rivest266
rivest266 on March 8, 2014 at 9:47 am

Looks boarded up by the Googlemobile passed it by. Official website is now closed as well.

menright
menright on May 7, 2014 at 12:54 pm

I went and saw the comedy group “The Arrogant Worms” there in about 2002. It was a fantastic theatre and they had one a really nice renovation. I have 4 seats from it, 2 from the balcony and 2 from the main level). I’m sad to hear it has closed. This is what I found from the www.southwesternontario.ca/news website.

The Old Roxy Theatre closes its doors

The Old Roxy Theatre in Mount Forest has closed its doors as a live theatre for the last time. Richard Sharpe, concert promoter, says he regrets the closing and thanks the many fans, businesses and residents who supported this unique hometown venue since its opening in 2002.The Old Roxy has held hundreds of live performances with the best of country, pop, rock and comedy. The intimacy of the small stage and seating was a favorite of the fans and the many Canadian and international artists who performed there, Mr. Sharpe said, adding that the economic impact created by over 100,000 concert visitors to Mount Forest since 2002 will be missed. In 2009 alone the economic spin offs benefited local businesses to the tune of $800,000 according to the Ministry of Tourism’s TREIM model, a staggering $7.2 million since 2002, a press release said. The Old Roxy brand will continue as part of the production company, The Concert Factory. Future performances will be scheduled into other community theatres and venues across Ontario and Canada.

menright
menright on May 7, 2014 at 12:56 pm

This link shows some of the renovations that had been done:

http://classic-construction.ca/projects-portfolio/renovation-of-roxy-theatre-in-mount-forest-on/

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