517 17th Street,
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Previously operated by: Blumenfeld Theater Circuit, Fox West Coast Theatres
Architects: William Day, Charles Peter Weeks
Firms: Weeks and Day
Functions: Office Space
Previous Names: Dufwin Theater
News About This Theater
- Mar 2, 2010 — Happy 45th, "The Sound Of Music"
The Dufwin Theatre opened on October 14, 1928 with 1,400 seats, and was used initially for live theater. It was converted for movies and renamed the Roxie Theatre on December 5, 1930 with Eddie Cantor in “Whoopee”. It was closed in the early-1980’s.
It was eventually gutted and converted into office space and renamed Dufwin Towers, though a trio of mosaics depicting its original function on the front (which was restored during the conversion after being painted over for years) remains, as does the lettering “Dufwin Theater” above.
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Recent comments (view all 24 comments)
Here is a 1956 ad:
Here are some 1928 photos:
In the early 1980s I patronized the Roxie. All the staff were Asian, very polite, friendly. I remember the lobby was spacious and regal. The concession stand offered a broader menu than a Dairy Queen. They sold Nochos, hamburgers, cheese fries, softserve, etc. The auditorium still looked exactly like the above 1928 photo, though kids had used Magic Markers to scribble graffiti over everything, which had ruined once lovely wood panelling. A triple feature was on the bill, but crowds of noisy teens were so loud I stayed only long enough to get a good look at architectural details.
A few July 2012 photos can be seen here and here.
I remember the Roxie as a top-notch first-run house. Always enjoyed going there. A nice theater.
My husband worked there around 1970. I remember he talked about several others who worked there, Mary McGee and ..?.Ring. Apparently Mary McGee, who I did met years later, used to take the entrance money. He had some pretty good stories of his time there, many involving Mary’s ‘delicious’ brownies. I would be very interested in hearing from people who worked there at that time.
I worked there with Mary McGee and Bea who were the two ladies that took the money in the booth. Also with a guy named Eric who was assistant manager he was creepy. Mr Jones was the manager.
1928 photo as the Dufwin added via Ron Bell. Possibly one from the previous dead links.
Grand opening ads Dufwin theater opening Sun, Oct 7, 1928 – Page 34 · Oakland Tribune (Oakland, California) · Newspapers.com
and reopening on December 5th, 1930 as Roxie Roxie Theatre opening Fri, Dec 5, 1930 – Page 34 · Oakland Tribune (Oakland, California) · Newspapers.com