For several generations, the Roxy Theatre was the major centre of entertainment in North Simcoe.
On July 18, 1949, the Roxy had its Gala Opening featuring the movie, ‘Mother Was a Freshman’ starring Van Johnson and Loretta Young.
The Roxy Odeon eventually became a two screen theatre when a smaller screen was installed for the patrons who sat in the former balcony section. I saw a few movies on the smaller screen but preferred the larger screen and the atmosphere of the old theatre.
One day, the big news hit Midland – a large multi-plex theatre would soon be on its way. The little downtown theatre, showing its age, was doomed. One thought I had, at the time, was “Why not restore the Roxy and use it to show vintage movies.” The question was – “Would there be a demand for the vintage movies or did people want to spend their money on new movies and just rent the odd old movie at the rental stores?”
The last advertisement for the Roxy Twin Theatres was in the December 8, 2000 edition of the Midland Free Press. Starting the following week, the new Galaxy theatre would be open. The Roxy stayed open for a short time as a movie rental business but soon closed its doors for good.
Like the Phoenix rising from the ashes [demolition dust] of the Roxy Theatre, the new Midland Cultural Centre has become one of our major entertainment centres.
On the Huronia’s Past and Present site, you can attend the opening night of the brand new Roxy Theatre, at: