220 W. Church Street,
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Previously operated by: Paramount Pictures Inc.
Styles: Art Deco
Orlando’s Roxy Theatre was a neglected masterpiece of Art Deco design. The house must have opened in the 1920’s since it had a large loft above the stage, with lots of windows for dressing rooms. The marquee was spread over the entire city block, making it predominate over the many merchants who were located there. It was remodeled in the 1950’s, but kept its Art Deco heritage.
Regulated to a double feature grind house, the Roxy Theatre struggled for another decade, but the audiences were sparse. In 1953, For some reason, it premiered Arch Oblier’s 3D film “Bwana Devil”, and large crowds flocked to the theatre. It was demolished in the early-1960’s because it was dead in the path of the under construction Interstate 4.
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