Boarman's Roxy Theatre
149 E. Main Street,
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Boarmans Roxy Theatre (Official)
Previously operated by: Frisina Amusement Company
Functions: Movies (Second Run)
Previous Names: Playhouse, New Roxy Theatre, Roxy Theatre
Boarman’s Roxy Theatre was reopened in downtown Shelbyville on November 5, 2003. Barely ready for its grand re-opening, after a team of volunteers made a bet the theatre would open on the date of its closing 37 years prior, the Roxy Theatre premiered with a free screening of “Mary Poppins” to a standing room only crowd. A row of the late Bob Boarman’s pink and mint green classic cars parked outside the premiere as the brand new marquee lit up the streets.
Having gone decades without a movie theatre in a twenty mile radius, Shelbyville decided to re-open its defunct theatre in the dying downtown.
Opened by 1922 as the Playhouse, it was leased in November 1936 to the Frisina Amusement Company. In August 1939, the theatre was remodeled with air conditioning and other modern conveniences and renamed the New Roxy Theatre with 424 seats. The Roxy Theatre ran movies until November 6, 1966, when its final curtain fell on “Mary Poppins”. The theatre was stripped of its marquee soon after and hosted a myriad of specialty stores until the movie house became unrecognizable in its history of many faces.
Today, Boarman’s Roxy Theatre hosts new and second-run movies, focusing on family entertainment. Shows are $3.
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