Roxy Theater

521 Washington Avenue,
Bay City, MI 48708

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Previously operated by: Associated Theatres

Firms: Johnson Construction Co.

Previous Names: Alvarado Theater, Lyric Theater, Grotto Theater, Temple Theater, Rialto Theater

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Roxy Theater

Opened in 1906 as the Alvarado Theater. In early-1913 it briefly became the Lyric Theater. By June 1913 the name was changed again to the Grotto Theater. In February 1921 the interior was destroyed by fire. Repairs were carried out and by 1926 it was known as the Temple Theater. In 1936 it was renamed Rialto Theater and in the late-1930’s the name was changed to the Roxy Theater. The Roxy Theater closed around 1958. Click the link below for a photo of the Roxy Theater. The movie on the marquee is dated at 1939.

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Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

teecee
teecee on August 29, 2005 at 5:20 am

A Wurlitzer organ, opus 1771, was installed in the Temple Theatre on 10/27/1927. This data supports the name history as stated above.

Del Fox
Del Fox on November 24, 2011 at 12:31 pm

When I was about 9yrs old I saw Roy Rogers and his horse Trigger live on the Roxy stage. I have a picture. will post when I can.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 6, 2018 at 1:03 am

This house had still another aka, according to this item from the January 7, 1936, issue of The Film Daily:

“Bay City-Rialto Theater Co. has been incorporated as operating company for the Temple, Bay City, being renamed the Rialto upon acquisition by Associated Theaters.”

graymatters
graymatters on April 17, 2021 at 6:51 am

The Roxy was among the Michigan theaters that my grandfather Albert S. “Al” Johnson apparently remodeled. His son’s notes show a “Roxy Theatre job in Saginaw,” with no project date. I could find no record of a Saginaw theater with that name, so I suspect that Johnson Construction Co. instead remodeled this theater in Bay City which then opened in 1942 as the Roxy.

Unfortunately, my grandfather left behind no Kodachrome images of the Roxy among his theater project slide collection.

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