I'm having so much fun traveling back to the past, revisiting people and places of my childhood. I hope you are enjoying your visits, too. Today, I'm remembering the Roxy Theatre, located at 1523 Monroe Street, Wichita Falls, TX. The Roxy opened on February 13, 1938, and closed a few years later. I could not find a date. It reopened as the Linda Theatre on February 14, 1949, closed again and next opened as the Coronet Theatre then closed in 1955. I don't recall ever going to the theatre when it was the Linda or the Coronet. It was always the Roxy to me.
What I do recall: my friends and I spending the afternoon at the Roxy, eating popcorn and watching Rory Rogers, Gene Autry, Tarzan, and other characters that today you'd consider "old actors." Then they were young. Lots of westerns, a few scary movies, though I wasn't crazy about them. For 10 cents, I think it was, we could stay all day if we wanted to. They didn't run us out after the movie ended.
It was a small theatre. One screen, 295 seats. I lived just a few blocks away, so my friends and I walked to the movie. Sometimes we let my little sister tag along. I couldn't find a picture of the original building. I'm still looking. Here's a later photo.
I don't have a date on this, but it isn't the one I remember. It's likely the remodeled theatre, or my memory is gone.
This is the whole east side of the shopping center, dated 1940. The Roxy is the building in the middle. Wish it were clearer. My dad's barber shop was three or four doors down. It doesn't show up either. Need to find a better picture of this. Looking.
Enjoy the good old days.