Roxy Theater

280 N. Broadway Street,
Blackfoot, ID 83221

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Functions: Dance Studio

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Roxy Theater

Opened on May 2, 1946, this theater once shared the first-run fare with its competitor, the Nuart Theater, a block away.

Today, the building is completely unrecognizable as it once was. The marquee has been removed and the front of the building faced with lava blocks.

It has through the year been used for different businesses but in the summer of 2002 it was found empty. Most Blackfoot residents probably pass this theater everyday not knowing that it once housed a theater. If they do know, they are admitting their age. By 2004 it was in use as a dance studio, which continues into the early-2020’s known as the Kirk Academy Gymnastics & Dance.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

Recent comments (view all 3 comments)

JimRankin on May 27, 2004 at 2:27 am

It is amazing how many theatres are named ROXY in imitation of the once famous name of the New York City panjandrum of the movie palace: Samual Lionel Rothapfel = “Roxy”. His namesake was the famous ROXY THEATRE in NYC, which outlasted him by only 25 years when it was demolished in 1960. The whole story is in that landmark book “The Best Remaining Seats: The Story of the Golden Age of the Movie Palace” by the late Ben M. Hall in 1961. Various editions of it are sometimes available from, but only the first edition contains the color plates.

kaysorensen on December 13, 2004 at 2:42 pm

The building is not empty, it is Paunies Dancing school and has been for many years. Many of the people in Blackfoot know it was once a movie theater, but not when it was, or what it was called. The outside is not covered with dark bricks, but with lava rock.

kencmcintyre on April 3, 2010 at 9:15 am

It was a dancing school in 2004. Does anyone have information on the current occupant?

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