Roxy Cinemas

827 LaSalle Street,
Ottawa, IL 61350

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Roxy Cinemas

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Originally opened around 1910 as the Gayety Theatre, a vaudeville house. By 1941, the theatre had been renamed the Roxy Theatre and became a movie theatre, operated by Alliance Theater Corp.

When GKC took over the Roxy Theatre in the mid-1980’s, the chain twinned the theatre. A few years later, four more screens were added when a new addition was built next to the old building.

Now part of the 21st Century Cinemas chain, the Roxy Cinemas continues to feature first-run films.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 8, 2007 at 3:59 pm

Here is a photo of the Roxy.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 20, 2007 at 7:06 pm

This is a recent photo of the R_XY at night.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 25, 2007 at 7:18 am

A Marr & Colton theater organ was installed in the Roxy Theater in Ottawa, IL in 1927.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 21, 2008 at 11:23 am

Operated by 21st Century Cinemas, the address for the Roxy Cinemas should be 827 La Salle Street.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 28, 2008 at 7:24 am

Here is another photo of the Roxy.

arfranpe on December 9, 2008 at 7:46 pm

The Roxy in Ottawa, was originally the Gayety and was a vaudeville house. It was an art showcase with six large paintings by Isabelle Sanders, an OTHS teacher, who was also an artist. They were of Starved Rock and other areas. My mom played the organ there during the silent era and at the Orphuem, too. I once helped her install new curtains, as she was an interior decorator, and was hired to do so. In the late 40s, shows ran Sun-Tue, then a double on wed with dish night, and then Thur -Sat. If the projectionist missed his cue, we would all stomp and clap until movie came back on. The Roxy greeted 3D with Bwana Devil and Cinemascope with the Robe. IT also featured the first push back rocking seats. The box office was out front on the sidewalk, and the original marquee hung over the walk and there was also an upright sign. For years, it was An Alliance Theater.

Bruce C.
Bruce C. on November 17, 2009 at 5:56 am

Here are a couple of my recent pictures of the Roxy:

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jesswunman on April 3, 2010 at 2:47 pm

I remember and dearly loved Isabelle Sanders' paintings that were in the Roxy. arnie P, do you have any idea what happened to them? Please contact me…

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