Roxy Theatre (Edmonton)

Roxy Theatre (also known as The Roxy) was a movie theatre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, that was later converted into a live-action performance venue. It opened on October 13, 1938 and was destroyed by fire on January 13, 2015. The theatre was designed by William G Blakey and built by I.F.Shacker of Hanna. It was managed by Bill Wilson, the son of a Famous Players theatre manager. It was considered luxurious for its time as it had air conditioning, spring seating, and extra legroom. In 1941, the theatre was leased to Odeon Theatres of Canada]]. After Odeon's lease ran out, the cinema was operated as a part of Inner City Cinemas along with the Avenue Theatre and Varscona Theatre. Inner City Cinemas ran a calendar program that ran movies for three days first at one, then the next, then the next cinema. Famous Players leased all 3 theatres from Inner City, which ended their unique venture. When Famous gave up the lease, the Roxy became The $2 Roxy, operating as a discount theatre with all shows $2. In 1989, the building was taken over by the Theatre Network and converted to a live-theatre venue. A fire at the theatre was called in to the Edmonton Fire Department just before 4am on January 13, 2015. Firefighters were unable to control the blaze and the building was destroyed. As of June 2015, the cause of the fire remains unknown. The Theatre Network had planned to open a new show the night of the fire and had to find alternate venues for its shows. The Theatre Network plans to rebuild the theatre. More details on Wikipedia