Remembering the Roxy theater
By Reid Simmons
Located at 111 W. Washington Street, just a few doors west of Fremont and Main, this single screen movie theater could seat a few hundred people. The theater opened in 1936. Most of us were about 11 years old when it closed in 1956.
The stone building to the left, in the top picture, is the Reque building, was the city's first bank. The store immediately to the right of the theater in the above photo, is an ice cream shop. Years later it was Charlie Kaelin's Barbershop.
After in closed, the theater was remodeled for use by the American Legion Post 300 until it was destroyed by fire in 1965.
Over the years, this corner location was home to Louie Lyons five & dime, Hornsby Family Center and the Coast-to-Coast hardware store. The building was most recently used by the West Chicago Park District but was closed early in 2015. A very popular corner, it's currently vacant.
I can remember going to a few movies in this theater. Although I don't remember which movies, I do remember the long hallway from the Washington Street entrance ending with a 90 degree right turn into the theater seating area.
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For more history of movie theaters in West Chicago see the city museum's Cinema in West Chicago story.