Historic Roxy Theatre sold

posted by Michael Zoldessy on October 4, 2007 at 10:55 am

VICTORIA, BC, CANADA — Its Manhattan namesake may be long gone, but this Quonset hut gem is still running. The Roxy Cinegog has just been sold.

The Roxy Theatre, the little movie house on Quadra Street that was built from an army-surplus Quonset hut in 1949 and has survived the storms of video and big-chain competition with budget ticket pricing, has a new owner today.

But movie-goers who like Roxy’s comfy confines and cheap admission won’t have to worry. The Roxy isn’t changing its $5 double bills or $2.50 Tuesdays – and it’s staying exactly where it is.

Michael Sharpe, a real estate developer who bought the Roxy from well-known Victoria entrepreneur Howie Siegel, said his goal is to preserve and improve the 324-seat theatre. He said the Roxy will undergo a name change, a facelift on the marquee and other improvements to concessions, lobby and washrooms.

Read more at the Times Colonist.

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