Roxy Theater

8133 North Nebraska Avenue,
Tampa, FL 33604

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 8, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Thanks Nick.Sorry it took so long to read this.

Nunzienick
Nunzienick on May 16, 2010 at 11:52 pm

Yes, none other. Charlie & his wife provided me with the info above. To be honest I was a little skeptical about the Roxy being a Florida State Theatre. Theatres under this chain have always been considered the city’s deluxe houses…the cream of the crop. And I couldn’t see the Roxy being a deluxe theatre. But sure enough in looking through the ads, the Roxy was listed under Florida State Theatre’s banner. Evidently there were several owners through the years including the two mentioned in an ealier post…Claughton Theatres and Maurice Stahl.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 16, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Is Charlie your source?

Nunzienick
Nunzienick on May 15, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Here’s some additional information from a former operator who worked here. The Roxy was owned and operated by Florida State Theatres for many years. Around 1945 Florida State Theatres built the Springs Theatre which was just a block down from the Roxy. When they opened the Springs they closed the Roxy. Not long afterwards a company called State Theatres took over the building and reopened the Roxy. State Theatres also operated the State Theatre downtown, the Palma Ceia in south Tampa, and the Northtown in north Tampa. The Roxy remained open for a few years under State Theatres. When it closed the floor was leveled and it became McCormick’s Department Store for several years. When McCormick’s finally closed the building was later taken over by a private individual and reopened as a theatre once again..as the Northside Adult Theatre. “Deep Throat”
had its first Tampa showing here. I remember the Northside being open for several years probably
at least through a good portion of the 1970s. When it finally closed the building was torn down.
The empty lot is still there.

Nunzienick
Nunzienick on May 14, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Notice the very top of the Roxy facade in the old b/w photo. At each end of the facade is a small slightly raised brick decorative feature. The facade on the blue building doesn’t have these.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 14, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Nick, you don’t miss a beat.

Nunzienick
Nunzienick on May 14, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Hate to be the bearer of disappointing news but the blue building above is not the Roxy Theatre. The Roxy was right next door to this building on the left side. It was demolished years ago and the property today remains an empty lot. If you look closely at the photo you can see a very narrow portion of the empty lot on the left. That’s where the Roxy stood. It was known as the Northside Adult Theatre for a few years before closing. I remember seeing an adult film here around 1971. Look at the old b/w photo of the Roxy Theatre posted above and you’ll see a portion of the Southern Used Furniture building on the right.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 8, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Thanks Major Major.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor
AndyCallahanMajorMajor on May 7, 2010 at 11:07 pm

The County has the building being built in 1925.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 7, 2010 at 6:04 pm

That’s obviously a very old building, probably dating from no later than the early 1920s, possibly from the 1910s. If I were to hazard a guess (and you know I will) I’d say the Roxy was probably in operation in the 1920s under another name.

But the only mentions of the Roxy I’ve been able to find in Boxoffice so far are from the early 1950s. The issue of February 12, 1955, in an item saying that Maurice Stahl had recently acquired the house from Claughton Theatres and planned to redecorate it.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 10, 2009 at 7:05 pm

The Roxy isn’t listed in the 1945 Film Daily and yet the photo claims to be from 1941. It is listed in 1950.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 10, 2009 at 5:55 pm

The date given for this photo is November 11, 1941. Here is a close-up photo.