Roxy Theater

714 Main Street,
Lewiston, ID 83501

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This appears to be a two-story turn of the century brick commercial bulding that was turned into a theater in the ‘40s or '50s. The ground floor has a facade done in the stacked stone (thin slabs of multicolored sandstone, etc.) that was popular back then. The marquee is still up, but has no neon left. It’s been painted white, so it’s hard to tell what the design may have been. It is now the Roxy Youth and Activity Center, which I got the impression was church-affiliated.

Contributed by Seth Gaines

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JimRankin
JimRankin on July 2, 2004 at 6:13 am

It is amazing how many theatres are named ROXY as inspired by the once famous name of the New York City panjandrum of the movie palace: Samuel Lionel Rothapfel = “Roxy”. His namesake was the famous, 6000-seat ROXY THEATRE in NYC, which outlasted him by only 25 years when it was demolished in 1960. The whole story is nowhere better told than in that landmark book “The Best Remaining Seats: The Story of the Golden Age of the Movie Palace” by the late Ben M. Hall in 1961. Various editions of it are sometimes available from www.Amazon.com, but only the first edition contains the color plates, though many libraries have, or can order, copies of it. The Theatre Historical Soc. of America ( www.HistoricTheatres.org ) was his legacy, and they have much data/photos of the ROXY..

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 2, 2007 at 11:52 am

Here is a photo of the Roxy by Seth Gaines:
http://tinyurl.com/2mutk2

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 3, 2011 at 5:55 am

A Roxy Theatre in Lewiston was mentioned in published sources as early as 1941. I’d assume it was this theater. I’ve also come across mention of a Rex Theatre in Lewiston operating in 1932. Possibly an aka for the Roxy? The signage would have been cheap to change.

cristie
cristie on January 31, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Hello, my name is Cristina and I’m a junior at Clakrston high school. I’m writing a paper on historic places in Lewiston Idaho and i wanted to write it on the Roxy theater or the liberty theater. one huge problem I have is that I cant get a hold of the owners of those places so I can go and take pictures and interview them so if any one could/would help me on finding a way of communicating with them that would be great and much appreciated thank you <3 my email is

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