Roxy Theatre

122 S. Main Street,
De Graff, OH 43318

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Functions: Library

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J.J. (Jack) Gutilla Roxy Theatre business card courtesy of Ginny Myers.

The Roxy Theatre opened on September 6, 1938. The Roxy Theatre was closed in January 1970. On November 15, 1976 it was converted into a bookstore. By 2018 the building is a library & police station.

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DavidZornig on October 2, 2018 at 9:54 pm

1949 image and business card added. Spelling should be changed to “Theatre”. Closed approximately 1967. As of 2016, the building houses the DeGraff Annex Library & Police Department.

dallasmovietheaters on October 21, 2022 at 5:37 am

The Roxy Theatre opened under Jack “J.J.” Gutilla’s watch on September 6, 1938. This may have been the home of De Graf’s silent-era Ideal Theater renamed after a period of vacancy when conversion to sound was too expensive.

The final owners of the Roxy Theatre, Phil and Mary Christy, closed the venue in January of 1970 with no promise to reopen. The Roxy made a transition from a cinematic to biblio-centric existence when it converted to a bookstore, Anchor Books, on November 15, 1976. The venue later housed a City of De Graf annex that housed one of the safest public libraries in the nation sharing its space as of the 2020s with the local police department.

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