Roxy Theatre

1409 Broadway Boulevard,
Flint, MI 48506

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Previously operated by: Butterfield Theaters

Architects: George J. Bachmann

Previous Names: Colonial Theatre, Durant Theatre

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The Colonial Theatre opened on December 10, 1921 with Gloria Swanson in “The Great Moment”. It was equipped with a Moller 2 manual 7 ranks theatre pipe organ. On August 12, 1923 it was reopened as the Durant Theatre with Marion Davies in “When Knighthood Was in Flower”“. In 1934 it was remodeled to the plans of architect George J. Bachmann and reopened as the Roxy Theatre on January 26, 1935 with Lew Ayers in "She Learned About Sailors”. It was operated by the Butterfield Theaters chain until it closed in 1957. It was demolished in 1971.

Contributed by Bob Jensen

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on March 4, 2009 at 7:31 am

A 2 Manual/7 Rank, $5,500.00, Moller Pipe Organ, Opus 3044, was installed in the Colonial Theater in 1921.

It is not know what happened to the organ. If you know anything about what happened to the organ, please Email us.

steelbeard1 on May 25, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Before the Roxy closed, it was open weekends only.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 26, 2012 at 11:37 pm

It was probably 1934 or 1935 that the Colonial/Durant Theatre was renamed the Roxy. A list of theater projects designed by Flint architect George J. Bachmann, published in the 1950 Theatre Catalog, includes a “Roxie” Theatre in Flint, listed as a 1934 project. Despite the variant spelling, the entry probably does refer to this Roxy Theatre.

djdewey on January 1, 2020 at 8:51 pm

The Moeller Artist 2-3 organ in the St. Thomas Catholic Church in Oroville, CA is Opus M 3044 7790; yes, two opus numbers. The main pipes are marked 3044. We believe the organ was returned to Moeller and was remade into opus 7790, which was installed in the church in 1948. the case and console are stamped with both opus numbers. I don’t know if this answers Bob’s question, or just adds to the mystery! This organ was recently restored to operation after languishing for decades in the church’s organ loft.

rivest266 on December 3, 2021 at 2:04 pm

The Colonial Theater opened on December 10th, 1921 with “The Great Moment”

rivest266 on December 3, 2021 at 2:24 pm

Reopened as Durant with “When Knighthood Was in Flower” on august 12th, 1923. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on December 4, 2021 at 1:14 pm

Reopened as Roxy on January 26th, 1935 with “She Learned about Sailors”. Another ad posted.

rivest266 on December 4, 2021 at 7:10 pm

The Roxy closed in 1957.

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