Rose Theatre

111 E. Canyon Street,
Colfax, WA 99111

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Previously operated by: Saffle's Theater Service

Functions: Office Space

Previous Names: Roxy Theatre

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Rose Theatre

Not to be confused with the earlier Rose Theatre in Colfax. This opened in the late-1940’s as the Roxy Theatre. When the original Rose Theatre closed (around 1950?) the Roxy Theatre was renamed Rose Theatre. It was operated by Saffle’s Theatre Service, based in Seattle, WA. It operated into the 1970’s.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Granola on November 25, 2015 at 10:56 am


Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 26, 2015 at 8:36 pm

The Roxy must have been operating by the late 1930s. This line is from the obituary of a one-time employee, Dorothy Schlomer:

“While a junior in high school, Dorothy held a job at J.C. Penney’s and she also worked as an usher at the Rose Theater and later at the Roxy Theater, receiving 50 cents a night. She graduated from Colfax High School in 1937.”
(Full obituary at Spokesman-Review web site.) It goes on to say that Dorothy married in December, 1938 and soon moved away from Colfax, so her job at the Roxy must have been no later than 1938, and no later than 1937 and perhaps as early as 1936 if she worked there while in high school. The architectural details of the building are certainly characteristic of the 1930s.

Chris1982 on November 26, 2015 at 9:48 pm

Building still standing and converted to Offices.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 21, 2022 at 5:49 pm

I’m sure that this item from the July 3, 1935 issue of Film Daily is about the Roxy Theatre:

“Seattle — Le Vance Weskil, operator of the Rose Theater, Colfax, is to build a new 400-seat $35,000 house there. Bjarne H. Moe of Seattle is architect.”
The Roxy and Rose are both listed in the 1936 Film Daily Yearbook, so the Roxy was probably open by the beginning of that year. The building is very much in the style of Moe’s theater projects from the mid-1930s.

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