Roxy Theatre

6189 Ridge Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19128

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Firms: Ballinger Company

Styles: Spanish Renaissance

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Roxy Theatre

The Roxy Theatre was located on Ridge Avenue and Leverington Avenue. It opened October 16, 1927 with Wallace Beery in “Fireman, Save My Child”. It was designed by architectural firm Ballinger Company in a Spanish Renaissance style. It had a Wurlitzer organ and an orchestra pit. Seating was provided for 1,800. Second run films were shown until 1956 when the policy changed to double features.

After a nearby 1977 fire slightly damaged the theatre, movies ceased and the auditorium and stage became a skateboard arena from 1978 until a 1980 fire. The theatre was demolished in 1981 and stores were built on the site. Thanks to Irvin Glazer’s “Philadelphia Theatres A-Z” book for some of the history.

Contributed by Chuck, Howard B. Haas

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kencmcintyre on January 16, 2010 at 11:35 pm

Here is an exterior photo from the Irvin Glazer theater collection:

dallasmovietheaters on March 31, 2017 at 12:23 pm

The Ballinger Company architectural sketch circa 1926 as its conceptual name, the Leverington Theatre (the crossroad street with Ridge though replaced with the Roxy during construction) in photos.

rivest266 on February 4, 2018 at 11:12 am

This opened on October 16th, 1927. Grand opening ad in photo section.

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