Roxy Theater

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 theater in 1933 to Clark and Greenberg Theatres of Philadelphia. They closed the theater and completely renovated it in the popular Art Deco style. Prominent Philadelphia theater architect David Supowitz was hired to design the new look, which included reducing the seating capacity to 650. The theater reopened on August 31st, 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 theater 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 theater that still continues to this day.

In 1988, A&W partner Richard C Wolfe acquired complete control and ownership of the theater. Wolfe renovated the lobby, restored the exterior to its original appearance, and added new seating and carpeting.

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

Contributed by Richard C. Wolfe

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RichardCWolfe
RichardCWolfe on April 20, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Here are some recent pictures of the Roxy lobbies taken on Sat. April 16th.
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HenrySchmidt
HenrySchmidt on April 21, 2011 at 11:32 am

Very cool! The Roxy is the best place to see movies in the Lehigh Valley, by far! Thank you, Rick Wolfe, for keeping the tradition alive!

HenrySchmidt
HenrySchmidt on August 13, 2011 at 11:14 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 http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/8237 ). Thanks again, Richard Wolfe!

thebigfoist
thebigfoist on November 1, 2011 at 5:23 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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufg2Swcjsr0&feature=related

muviebuf
muviebuf on December 11, 2011 at 2:35 pm

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

[url]http://www.lehighvalleystyle.com/archives/oh-the-drama-behind-the-scenes-photo-shoot[/url]

jmatt19
jmatt19 on December 28, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Anyone hear that the Roxy is hiring a new organist?

RichardCWolfe
RichardCWolfe on March 2, 2012 at 11:50 am

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

HenrySchmidt
HenrySchmidt on March 2, 2012 at 11:59 am

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

RichardCWolfe
RichardCWolfe on March 2, 2012 at 12:33 pm

That’s interesting. I just tried it and that happened to me as well.I posted the exact same address at bigscreenbiz.com 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 www.bigscreenbiz.com 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
HenrySchmidt on March 2, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Ok, that works. Thanks!

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