Merrill's Roxy Cinemas

220 College Street,
Burlington, VT 05401

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Previously operated by: Hoyts Theatres, Loews Theatres, Sony Theatres, USA Cinemas

Functions: Movies (Foreign), Movies (Independent)

Previous Names: Nickelodeon 6

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Merrill's Roxy Cinemas

Opened by an independent operator on December 18, 1981. In 1985 it was taken over by USA Cinemas. This is Vermont’s premier art house, where they play the finest films in the world.

It was closed by Hoyts Theatres on May 5, 2003. On May 23, 2003 it reopened as Merrill’s Roxy Theatre screening first run, independent and foreign movies.

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joemasher on May 3, 2005 at 7:43 am

This place opened as the independent Nickelodeon 6, which soon was sold to USA Cinemas. A year later, USA sold to Loews, who operated the Nickelodeon for quite a few years before selling it to Hoyts.

shoeshoe14 on July 22, 2008 at 4:22 pm

I was there a week ago. This is a cool theater as it blends in downtown on the corner and doesn’t feel like it intrudes. The best part is the local artsy airbrush portraits all in a row at the bottom trim, under the posters and above the sidewalk. I have pics.

From right to left are Darth Vader, Batman, Marilyn Monroe, some guy in a WWI flight suit, Ray Liotta/DeNiro/Pesci from Goodfellas, I think Clint Eastwood, Malcolm McDowell from Clockwork Orange, someone and Hugo Weaving in V for Vendetta mask.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on November 2, 2008 at 12:24 pm

Here’s a photo of the entrance to Merrill’s Roxy at night. I found that on the cinema’s own official website.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 13, 2009 at 1:46 pm

The Roxy in Burlington is part of the Opera in Cinema network which presents opera and ballet performances from various European theaters. It’s the only cinema in Vermont in the network.

rivest266 on August 26, 2016 at 2:09 pm

This opened on December 18th, 1981 as Nickelodeon. Its grand opening ad can be found in the photo section. Nickelodeon were opened in Boston, Burlington and Portland Maine.

rivest266 on August 27, 2016 at 1:47 pm

May 23rd, 2003 grand opening ad as Roxy also in photo section.

50sSNIPES on May 19, 2023 at 9:11 am

First operated by an independent company for its first four years of operation. USA Cinemas began operating the Nickelodeon in 1986, followed by Loews in 1988. Loews operated the Nickelodeon for the next six years until the nationwide Sony Theatres rebranding. It became a Sony theater for a time, but in September 1995, the Nickelodeon became a Hoyts operated theater. Hoyts operated the theater until October 2001.

50sSNIPES on June 29, 2023 at 8:48 am

Correction: I just found out that the Nickelodeon 6 did not close in October 2001 as advertisements tricked me good. The theater was still open at the time after October 2001. Hoyts operated the Nickelodeon until the theater closed on May 5, 2003. From the theater’s 1981 opening until its 2003 closure, it was a first-run movie house. The theater reopened as Merrill’s Roxy Cinemas as a foreign and independent movie house on May 23, 2003.

50sSNIPES on June 29, 2023 at 11:07 am

Another correction: the Merrill’s Roxy Cinemas did show some first-run selections when it became the Roxy in 2003.

50sSNIPES on June 30, 2023 at 9:51 am

Yet another correction: What I mean is that when the Merrill’s Roxy Cinemas reopened in 2003, it had a mix fare of first-run, independent, and foreign films. Back when the theater was known as the Nickelodeon 6, it only had a first-run fare until its closure in 2003.

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