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The Roxy Theatre was opened on December 26, 1932 with The Four Marx Brothers in “Horsefeathers”. It was small, with 475 seats and presented small-time vaudeville as part of the program. It stood a half block west of Knoxville’s Market Square: a convenient, if not prestigous, locatiion. The Roxy Theatre existed as a second run movie theatre for most of its existence (stage shows were dropped in 1948).
Several generations of school boys spent their Saturday mornings at the Roxy’s double feature westerns. Now gray-haired men, they will smile and tell of taking the street cars “uptown” to see Tom Mix, the Lone Ranger, Hop-Along Cassidy and friends.
The Roxy Theatre was closed in 1959, and was torn down during Knoxville’s tragic wave of urban renewal to make way for a parking lot (c. 1965). After 40 years the site is finally being redeveloped.
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What a great article! When I lived in Knoxville in the 70’s, I could tell Market Square was just a ghost of what it had once been, and always wondered what it had been like earlier. I would love to see a photo of the Roxy!
This story, towards the end, talks about the Roxy; apparently parts of it got recycled at another location: View link
I live in the building that sits where the old Roxy used to be. I would love to blow those pictures up and hang them in our lobby. Would you mind to send me full size images, if you have them?
According to this article in Billboard, daily stage shows were dropped in January 1948. The theater itself closed in 1959. Link
This opened on December 26th, 1932. Grand opening ad posted.
Crisper, wider version of the circa 1941 Overview photo added courtesy Library Of Congress Public Domain. 1933 pre-code film “Damaged Lives” being shown as Adults Only.