Esquire Theater

420 E. Main Street,
Medford, OR 97501

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Previously operated by: Robert L. Lippert Theatres Inc., Tri-State Theaters Inc. (OR)

Architects: Frank C. Clark

Previous Names: Roxy Theater

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Roxy Theatre exterior

The Roxy Theater opened June 24, 1932. The theater closed on January 18, 1947. It was taken over by Robert L. Lippert Theatres Inc and following a remodel it re-opened as the Esquire Theatre later in 1947. It was closed February 19, 1956 and had been demolished by 1983.

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JackInPDX on August 4, 2011 at 6:50 pm

The following site has some great info and photos of the old Roxy:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 5, 2011 at 8:37 am

For those who don’t like to copy and past, here’s Jack’s link. Comparison of historic photos on that page with the modern Google Street View shows that the theater has been demolished.

A survey of buildings designed by architect Frank C. Clark includes the Roxy, though it is listed as Page Theater Building #2 (the original Page Theatre, opened in 1913, had been severely damaged by fire in 1923 and never reopened. Parts of the original building might have been incorporated into the new theater; the sources I’ve seen are ambiguous. Photos show that the Roxy was much smaller than the Page had been.)

The Roxy was remodeled and renamed the Esquire Theatre in 1947. A link at the bottom of the Roxy page leads to a page about the Esquire Theatre. It includes an ad from February 19, 1956, which it says was the Esquire’s last known film showing.

The survey of Clark’s buildings, which was prepared in 1982-83, lists the theater building as gone, so demolition had to have taken place no later than 1983.

JackCoursey on August 11, 2022 at 9:37 pm

Was this also ever known as the State? Both had the same seating capacity and operated roughly during the same time period.

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