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Forsyth in Rosebud County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Roxy Theatre

Forsyth Main Street Historic District

 
 
Roxy Theatre Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 13, 2020
1. Roxy Theatre Marker
Inscription.  “May You Prosper Well in Your New Theatre with Your Steadfast Faith in Forsyth,” read one of the many ads that filled the August 28, 1930, Forsyth Times. Car and clothing merchants joined building contractors and suppliers in congratulating Anthony Wolke and Frank Faust on the construction of their new theatre. Movies had played in Forsyth since the turn of the century, first in the Commercial Hotel, then in a converted Main Street storefront. The Roxy, however, was the first building in Forsyth constructed specifically as a theatre; it was also one of the few buildings constructed in Forsyth during the Great Depression. Equipped with RCA sound-producing equipment, the new theatre boasted red velour curtains, spring cushion seats, Spanish lanterns in the foyer, and six small Spanish balconies in the auditorium itself. The Spanish décor carried to the exterior, where stucco walls and exotic-looking Spanish roof tiles tempted passersby to escape the sometimes grim reality of the Depression. Entrance into the realm of romance and entertainment cost only fifty cents (sixty cents for balcony seats).
 
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Roxy Theatre Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 13, 2020
2. Roxy Theatre Marker
The marker is at the corner of the building.
Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureEntertainmentNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 46° 15.961′ N, 106° 40.689′ W. Marker is in Forsyth, Montana, in Rosebud County. Marker is on Main Street near 10th Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 981 Main Street, Forsyth MT 59327, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Merchant Bank (a few steps from this marker); Forsyth Main Street Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); Vananda State Bank Building (within shouting distance of this marker); 933 Main Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Masonic Temple (within shouting distance of this marker); Forsyth, MT (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Choisser Block (about 400 feet away); Kennedy-Fletcher Block (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Forsyth.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 14, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 14, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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