Roxy Theatre

38 W. Forsyth Street,
Jacksonville, FL 32202

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Previously operated by: E.J. Sparks Theatres, Paramount Pictures Inc.

Previous Names: Republic Theatre, Roxy Follies Theatre

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Roxy Theatre ... Jacksonville Florida

I discovered and photographed the Roxy Theatre in about 1984. It was a plain white building with a small vertical sign attached on the front spelling “Roxy” in black letters outlined with neon. It had two movie poster frames on each side of the entrance. It also had a small overhang over the entrance that said “Theatre” on the front and “Roxy” on the sides. It was showing pornographic movies at that time (according to the advertising) and was known as the Roxy Follies Theatre. It was in a dangerous part of Jacksonville.

Contributed by Don Lewis

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Troy Powell
Troy Powell on June 18, 2011 at 3:10 pm

I will never get over the fact that before we entered the building to start the day at about 12:00 noon,we could hear the movie running but when we entered it would shut down. Checked all doors,all is well. Go figure…..

Troy Powell
Troy Powell on June 18, 2011 at 3:24 pm

When I quit threading the projectors at night before closing up and going home it all stopped but before opening up the next day,you could hear conversations through the door before opening up. When you put the key in the door you could hear a womans voice say Shhhh.

Troy Powell
Troy Powell on June 18, 2011 at 3:31 pm

It was very common for patrons to complain that a woman would sit beside them out of thin air and start talking about old movies that played there. I prescreened a movie one late night with witnesses and we had the same problem on a constant basis. Did she die there?

wizardtroy on March 19, 2012 at 11:33 am

The correct address for this theatre is 2412 W. Beaver St.

wizardtroy on March 19, 2012 at 11:57 am

Woops 32209. The theatre it self was only 45 feet wide by 200 feet long. The two buildings to the right of it used to be a motion picture production lab back in mid to late 60’s.It was American Productions inc. and they shot and edited movies such as “Fireball Jungle” starring John Russel.

JackCoursey on October 29, 2022 at 7:18 pm

Not to which of these two addresses is but nothing resembling the photo above appears at either address. The status should be changed to “Demolished”.

rivest266 on May 20, 2024 at 1:41 pm

In Jacksonville, there were two Roxy theaters. The first one originally opened as the Republic Theatre on November 14th, 1914. Unfortunately, it closed its doors in 1931. However, it was given a new lease on life when Spark’s Theatres reopened it on December 1st, 1935.

The other theater that Mr. Lewis photographed in 1984 was the Roxy Theatre located at 2412 West Beaver. This theater had a different vibe—it opened on June 18th, 1966, specializing in adult movies.

rivest266 on May 20, 2024 at 1:42 pm

Grand opening ads posted.

rivest266 on May 20, 2024 at 4:18 pm

The Roxy downtown closed in 1946.

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