Roxy Theatre - Coleman, AB
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member T0SHEA
N 49° 38.028 W 114° 30.135
11U E 680353 N 5500912
Quick Description: Had it not been for Coleman's worst fire, which took out six buildings in 1948, we would not have a Roxy Theatre. No longer open, the theatre appears as though it could have been closed for several years now.
Location: Alberta, Canada
Date Posted: 8/10/2015 12:58:40 AM
Waymark Code: WMPCPC
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member GeoKs
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Long Description:
Prior to the Roxy Theatre, a two-storey wooden building here housed The Palm, a shop that sold fresh fruit and ice cream, served light lunches, and was known for its oysters. The Palm operated from 1908 until 1948 when the building was destroyed during Coleman's worst fire, which claimed six buildings including the Palace Theatre next door to the east.

The Roxy Theatre was soon built on the Palm site. It was damaged by another fire in 1950 but was repaired and reopened.
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Roxy Theatre

HERITAGE SIGNIFICANCE

The Roxy Theatre was built in 1948 after fire destroyed the old opera house. The building was constructed in two sections. The front section is wood frame with brick, and has a wrap-around neon marquee. This section housed the ticket booth, and the popcorn machine, said to make the finest popcorn in the district! The second component is a corrugated steel Quonset, housing the 338 seats, screen, and ventilation system. The building was home not only to movies, but also to performances by the local symphony orchestra, and special Christmas shows for kids. Located on Coleman's main street, the theatre was an integral part of the small town's streetscape.
From HeRMIS Alberta

Type of Marker: Cultural

Sign Age: Historic Site or Building Marker

Parking: Park right in front.

Placement agency: Crowsnest Heritage

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