Roxy Theatre

981 Main Street,
Forsyth, MT 59327

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Architects: Charles Wood

Functions: Movies

Styles: Spanish Colonial

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 406.346.7699
Manager: 406.346.7699

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Roxy Theatre

Owned by Mike Blakesley since 1979, the Roxy Theatre was built in 1930 for $35,000 and has remained in continuous operation throughout its life, except during the drive in boom era when it would close during the summer.

The Roxy Theatre has retained its old-fashioned charm, with the lobby, marquee and facade remaining mostly unchanged from when it was new. The auditorium has been modernized with new seats and wallcoverings, and the booth contains modern equipment including digital sound.

Contributed by Mike Blakesley

Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

JimRankin on May 27, 2004 at 2:43 am

It is amazing how many theatres are named ROXY in imitation of the once famous name of the New York City panjandrum of the movie palace: Samual Lionel Rothapfel = “Roxy”. His namesake was the famous ROXY THEATRE in NYC, which outlasted him by only 25 years when it was demolished in 1960. The whole story is in that landmark book “The Best Remaining Seats: The Story of the Golden Age of the Movie Palace” by the late Ben M. Hall in 1961. Various editions of it are sometimes available from, but only the first edition contains the color plates.

Roland L.
Roland L. on June 28, 2005 at 11:12 am

Mention of Roxy in this news brief

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ERD on February 7, 2006 at 4:55 am

I think it is a tribute to Roxy (Samuel L. Rothafel’s nick name) that so many theatres were named for him and his New York theatre. I have an original edition of Hall’s book, and still find it one of the best resources on the topic of movie palaces. (Sadly, many more theatres have been demolished since the book was written.) It is nice to know that this small little Roxy theatre has survived into the 21 century. I wish the owner continued success.

Marktech on October 14, 2007 at 1:59 pm

This theater has quite possibly the best projection and sound system of any theater in the State of Montana!

kencmcintyre on May 23, 2008 at 2:35 pm

The theater owner started a blog last September, but no responses as of yet:

Roland L.
Roland L. on May 23, 2008 at 8:10 pm

Lost, I think that is what’s called the retro Taco Bell.

fmbeall on June 22, 2008 at 6:16 pm

During the 1930’s a number of theatres in California were named (or renamed) with the alternate spelling of ROXIE (in San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles). I can only assume this was for legal reasons, or maybe named after the heroine of the 1926 play “Chicago”, Roxie Hart.

TLSLOEWS on March 2, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Nice looking little theatre.

TLSLOEWS on February 11, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Just looked at this theatre again,great looking marquee.

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