Roxy Theatre

2004 Main Street,
Northampton, PA 18067

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Built in 1921, as the Lyric Theatre, the theatre was created by Northampton’s Harry Hartman (an owner of several area nickelodeons) to provide more seating and stage area for local vaudeville performances. It was designed by architect E. Biting.

Hit hard by the Depression, Hartman sold the theatre in 1933 to Clark and Greenberg Theatres of Philadelphia. They closed the theatre and completely renovated it in the popular Art Deco style. Prominent Philadelphia theatre architect David Supowitz was hired to design the new look, which included reducing the seating capacity to 650. The theatre reopened on August 31, 1933 completely transformed, with a new name…the Roxy Theatre.

In the early-1960’s, after a decade of fierce competition with television, Clark and Greenberg gave up their lease to new management. By June 1, 1970 when the theatre was acquired by Angstadt and Wolfe Theatres, it was only a shadow of its former glory. A&W began a slow and long drawn-out restoration of the theatre that still continues to this day.

In 1988, A&W partner Richard C. Wolfe acquired complete control and ownership of the theatre. Wolfe renovated the lobby, restored the exterior to its original appearance, and added new seating and carpeting. A Wurlitzer 2 manual, 6 ranks organ was installed in 1995.

In addition to live entertainment, the theatre continues to operate as Northampton’s only commercial movie theater.

Contributed by Richard C. Wolfe

Recent comments (view all 45 comments)

HenrySchmidt on August 13, 2011 at 8:14 am

Went to see Cars2 last night with 4-yr. old grandson and his parents. Reviews are right: movie stinks. Preceded by totally inappropriate (for the very young audience that Cars2 draws) preview of “Transformers,” which looks like another stinker. If only they still made good movies!

Theater looks terrific! Mr. Wolfe, in tuxedo, greets patrons as they enter. Young staff is dressed in black trousers, white s/s shirts, black bowties. This is class! Tickets are $3 (all ages); big bucket of popcorn also $3. This is the best movie bargain in the Lehigh Valley (or anywhere, AFAIK), and a real treat for those who missed the golden Age of the American cinema, or for those who, like me, remember it from our youth (see my favorite childhood theater at ). Thanks again, Richard Wolfe!

thebigfoist on November 1, 2011 at 2:23 am

Interesting to note that the Roxy provided the great artwork for the great record “Matinee” by Weston, a Lehigh-valley punk band from the 90’s. It was actually how I discovered this place, originally.

muviebuf on December 11, 2011 at 11:35 am

A recent video of the Roxy Theatre in Northampton may be found here:


jmatt19 on December 28, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Anyone hear that the Roxy is hiring a new organist?

RichardCWolfe on March 2, 2012 at 8:50 am

Here is a link to some recent publicity that was given our theatre by WFMZ TV69 in Allentown.–/121458/8770656/–/w4ovp0/–/index.html

HenrySchmidt on March 2, 2012 at 8:59 am

I get an “oops…we can’t find that page…” when I entered this URL in Safari.

RichardCWolfe on March 2, 2012 at 9:33 am

That’s interesting. I just tried it and that happened to me as well.I posted the exact same address at and it works there. I thought maybe I had somehow made a mistake, but it seems to be exactly the same. It fact I copied it from there and pasted it here, so it has to be the same.

I hate to send people elsewhere, but if you want to see it go to and click on FORUMS, then click on The Back Office, and finnally click on GOOD PUBLICITY never hurts.

That way you can get to see it by way of the back door.

HenrySchmidt on March 2, 2012 at 10:44 am

Ok, that works. Thanks!

HowardBHaas on March 3, 2015 at 12:37 pm


RichardCWolfe on November 9, 2015 at 8:22 pm

Lehigh Valley PBS Channel 39 has recently done a piece about the Roxy Theatre on their program FOCUS. The portion about the theatre starts at the 14 minute mark.

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