Roxy Twin Theatre

120 N. 2nd Street,
Hamilton, MT 59840

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bvanwinkle on June 8, 2024 at 6:20 pm

The Roxy was owned by W.A. Simons Amusement Co, which also built and ran the Wilma, in Missoula Montana. The company also owned the Go West Drive-In, and at one time other theaters. Billy Simons had married Edna Wilma Simons, and after Billy died,Edward Sharp married Edna, who ran the company. Eddie inherited the business after Edna passed away. Here is a website for their story: Eddie Sharp also wrote a book on his experience of running the theaters and his “Chapel of the Dove” in the basement of the Wilma.

dallasmovietheaters on October 20, 2018 at 12:23 pm

The Roxy opened July 14, 1935 with Al Jolson in “Go Into Your Dance.” The theatre was twinned. It closed and was briefly reopened in January and February of 2012 as the Roxy Club, a live venue. It was offered for sale for $185,000 and from the real estate ads was significantly altered for its next use.

Chris1982 on July 31, 2014 at 7:26 am

Joe, I don’t think the Liberty became the Roxy. The Roxy is listed as opening in 1937 and both theatres were listed as operating thru at least 1958 at the same time. The address listed for the Liberty Theatre was 127 W. Main St. The Roxy Theatre is open showing current movies, it has made conversion to digital.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 30, 2014 at 5:45 am

CinemaTour lists five theaters in Hamilton: the Roxy and Pharaohplex, plus the Liberty Theatre and a Starlite Drive-In, neither with an address, and a Rio Theatre at 172 S. Second Street. Maybe the Liberty became the Rio. The building at that address now has 1996 on its pediment, though, so the Rio is demolished.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 16, 2010 at 10:15 am

Does anyone have information on a Liberty Theatre in Hamilton? It was under construction when mentioned in the trade journal Brick and Clay Record, issue of December 13, 1921. The side walls of the new theater were being built of brick salvaged from the town’s Rivoli Hotel, which had burned two years earlier.

The Roxy’s building looks about old enough to have been the Liberty, and Hamilton is quite a small town and might never have supported two theaters. Perhaps Liberty is an aka? A theater predating the original Roxy in New York would certainly have opened with a different name.

DJFlipped on October 3, 2006 at 5:47 am

I’m the current manager of the Roxy Twin. We are now a 2nd run theater, with $3.00 tickets. Our website,, is functional and very useful.