Roxy Theatre

220 W. Church Street,
Orlando, FL 32801

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Samuel Augustus Jennings
Samuel Augustus Jennings on March 9, 2022 at 2:25 pm

The Roxy, Rialto, Astor and Beacham theaters in downtown Orlando were for whites only. Blacks saw second run movies at the Lincoln and Carver theaters on Church Street.

irvl on June 1, 2017 at 8:58 am

Recent research as shown the Roxy’s address as 220 West Church Street in Orlando. Please reflect this change above.

irvl on April 6, 2017 at 8:54 am

1941 ad for Florida State Theatres, showing its theatres in Orlando/Winter Park posted to photo section.

Pearliemae on May 16, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Eugenie, you wouldn’t happen to have a photo of the exterior of The Roxy, would you? Or a vivid memory of it, vivid enough to describe it in detail for a re-creation of it? It would be vastly appreciated!

Eugenie on January 18, 2013 at 2:29 pm

One of the last movies I saw at the Roxy was “The Mouse that Roared,” with Peter Sellers, probably shown Spring 1960, when I was 13. I vaguely remember a jungle movie at the Roxy with a white lady in a revealing leopard-skin get-up, maybe 1958-59. The Roxy was close to the great racial divide, Division Street, and in the late 50s, this area was the most integrated street I knew of; near the Roxy or perhaps the Rialto, there was an African-American clothing store for men where my father sometimes shopped for unique styled suits—one was chartreuse—and for spectator shoes that the owner called Stacy Adams. The Roxy was elegant and tattered during its final days.

irvl on November 1, 2009 at 11:26 am

Per the 1944 FILM DAILY YEARBOOK, the Roxy had 1100 seats, making it the largest movie house in Orlando at that time.

irvl on September 29, 2007 at 11:50 am

A friend of mine “lived” in the Roxy for several weeks in the late 1940s when he was an usher there. He had run away from home, and the manager allowed him to stay in one of the dressing rooms backstage. He said he was kept awake all night by the ghosts of vaudeville artists who had performed in the theatre.