Roxy Theatre

1545 Boardwalk,
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

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Previously operated by: Stanley-Warner Theatres, Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

Architects: Paul J. Henon, Jr., William H. Hoffman, William Harold Lee

Firms: Hoffman-Henon Co.

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Stanley Theatre

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This was one of the largest movie palaces in Atlantic City. It was located on the Boardwalk at Kentucky Avenue and was opened as the Stanley Theatre on July 3, 1925. It was originally designed by Philadelphia architectural firm Hoffman-Henon Co. and opened with 2,001 seats. Beautiful, large, wide auditorium with a large balcony and mezzanine restrooms and lounge. Later a giant CinemaScope screen was added but I don’t recall 70mm presentations. This theatre would have been much more suitable for 70mm than the somewhat disappointing Virginia Theatre. I recall a large chandelier in the lobby.

The theatre was sold by the Stanley-Warner Corporation on June 26, 1957, to the Hamid Chain, which also operated the Shore, Hollywood, Virginia and Center. They renamed it Roxy Theatre and booked some great movies there (“Longest Day”, “Planet of the Apes”, “Goldfinger”, “Woodstock”, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”). When you walked into this theatre, it was impressive. It was closed in 1974

It was later turned into a small indoor amusement park for small children and I worked at one of the food concession stands during summer vacation. The building was cavernous. A great theatre. It was destroyed by fire in 1981 or 1982.

Contributed by Howard Barbakoff

Recent comments (view all 23 comments)

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 30, 2008 at 2:30 pm

The Stanley Theatre can by seen in the center background in this 1925 view of the Boardwalk:
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edblank on June 1, 2008 at 8:48 am

When a site is removed, what happens to the information and postings that were on it? Have they been threaded into this one or just erased? I’d hate to see the information just liquidated.

DavidZornig on March 14, 2015 at 6:33 pm

1957 photo added courtesy of the AmeriCar The Beautiful Facebook page.

DavidZornig on October 27, 2015 at 10:45 pm

1955 photo as the Stanley Theatre added, courtesy of the Kodachrome Heaven Facebook page.

rivest266 on March 8, 2023 at 5:48 am

Closed in 1974.

Mikeoaklandpark on March 8, 2023 at 3:09 pm

I building and amusement park burned in the summer of 81 or 82

rivest266 on March 9, 2023 at 11:03 am

The Stanley theatre opened as the world’s most beautiful seashore theatre on July 3rd, 1925, and became the Roxy theatre on June 26th, 1957, as George A. Hamid takes it over. It was listed under the General Drive-In Corporation in the IMPA alamancs for 1961 and 1964. It closed in 1974. Grand opening ads posted.

Mikeoaklandpark on March 9, 2023 at 3:35 pm

This theater indeed was beautiful. Why Hamid used the Virginia as the big Roadshow theater is beyond me. It had no masking or curtains. The Roxy had both plus a beautiful screen that sat on a stage.

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