History of the Roxy

By the Numbers


In the News



Our Crew

Movie Ratings Guide

Contact Us

Give the Gift of Movies

Return to the Articles


from the Forsyth Times-Journal, August 1930

ABOUT THIS ARTICLE: This article describes the decorative touches of the Roxy in detail. It was published two weeks before the theatre opened. Many of the design features mentioned in the article still exist, such as the velour curtains, the heavy carpets, the plaster ceilings, and the lobby doors.

Handsome as to exterior and beautiful as to interior; the new theatre being constructed here by the management of the Lincoln Theatre is rapidly nearing completion. The decorators are putting the finishing touches to their work this week and the lighting fixtures are now being installed. Mr. Faust announced this week that the draperies and opera chairs have all been contracted for installation by September 1st. When done and the talking equipment installed everything will be in readiness for the opening date which is now being planned for September 6.

The new building forms a splendid addition to the business section of Forsyth, and while the exterior to shaping up in an impressive manner, the interior proves a series of delightful surprises with its beauty and forms a perfect setting for the showing of talking pictures.

The walls, ceiling, balcony and foyer are each done in distinctive textures of plaster work, with the ceiling a lovely blend of blues, and the walls in soft browns, reds and blues, which form a warm back ground. Over the entire plaster work is a lovely coat of gold which highlights the whole decorative scheme.

Three small Spanish balconies with columns at the niches for lighting purposes are placed high on the walls of either side. The soft lights from these will be reflected on the walls and with the dimmed lights from the ceiling will combine to shine on the surface in such a manner as to leave them exposed and at the time not interfere with the darkened effect in the main body of the room so necessary when a picture is being shown.

Red velour curtains of a heavy richness, set off by a valance and stenciled border, will be used for the stage. The same type of draperies will be used at the windows. Heavy rugs, laid over zonite of a three quarter inch thickness will cover the aisles, forming a carpeting so that all sounds on it will be deadened. The double doors between the foyer and exterior will keep out street noises and contribute toward making the interior a noiseless setting for the reception of voices from the screen.

Arrangements have been made by the management to keep the building perfectly ventilated at all times. This will be done by the installation of a large fan which will give 20,000 cubic feet of fresh air to the minute and is so arranged as to sends the air to any part of the building.

Spanish lanterns are hung from the ceiling of the foyer which opens into a comfortably arranged rest room for women. The entrance to the theatre is distinctly marked by cement marked off in colors that harmonize with the stucco work of the front.

The projection booth, often called the heart of the theatre, is both sound and fire proof, and was constructed with a view of comfort for the operator, being of a generous size and well ventilated.