Roxy Theatre

101 West Kennewick Avenue,
Kennewick, WA 99336

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This theater was originally the Liberty Theatre, and was located in the Murphy Building, constructed 1920. The marquee and blade are gone, as are some architectural flourishes along the roof, but the building has been freshly restored, and the hideous metal facade removed.

It ceased being a theater sometime after 1960, but before 1980. Currently the facade is a simple plaster box with brick trim and attractive, small, round windows along the top.

Contributed by Seth Gaines

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JaneAusten1uk
JaneAusten1uk on September 25, 2007 at 5:54 pm

This is a article about The Roxy Theatre posted today on the Tri-City Herald…. Kennewick’s Ivory Jazz closing its doors … a jazz club, which is the current tenant of the old Roxy Theatre.

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JaneAusten1uk
JaneAusten1uk on September 25, 2007 at 5:56 pm

The current owner of the Roxy Theatre is Rick Eaton.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 3, 2010 at 8:20 pm

This was an Alliance Theaters house in 1947.

thisisjohnbook
thisisjohnbook on January 22, 2013 at 1:51 pm

It is currently the Roxy Theater Antiques & Gifts owned by Ann Steiger, according to their website. The site also states the Roxy stopped showing movies in 1957. It was a men & women’s clothing store in the early 1960’s before becoming a furniture store, and back to clothing. Apparently the theater logo is at the entrance of the current store on the tile floor.

thisisjohnbook
thisisjohnbook on January 27, 2013 at 1:30 am

One reason why this theater had a name change from Liberty to the Roxy was because Mercy Theaters (who originally opened it) would call many of their first-run movie theaters the Liberty. Second run theaters would be called the Roxy.

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