We don't know how many coats of paint
the Roxy has worn over the years, but here are a few of the colors
it's been. We are always looking for older pictures of the theatre,
so please let us know if you have any.
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photo was taken in 1962 during the Forsyth Horse Show parade. I've
always wondered who had the bright idea to paint the roof tiles
silver. The tiles were silver from at least the 1950s until we
painted them a more natural red color in 1990. They were most
recently painted in September 2003.
This is the earliest
color photo we have of the theatre. If you have something older,
the Roxy getting its 1979 paint job. This picture also shows a lot of other great detail from the era.
First, there's the bar next door (which was originally a bank building),
before its front windows were filled in. The service station on the other side of
the theatre is now the Flower Boutique. You can also see the
Montana map on the side of the theatre -- we removed it because the
highway numbers and mileages weren't accurate any more. Then there
are the windows over the theatre marquee. The original windows were
similar to the ones in the upper corners of the building, with
multiple small panes of glass. The windows pictured here were
installed sometime in the 1950s, boarded over in the '80s, and
finally replaced in the '90s. Finally, notice the original front
doors of the theatre. The doors were added sometime in the first few
years of operation. We've since replaced them with modern doors.
Our 1990 paint job was the first one in
to fully emphasize the design details in the building (check out the
areas on each side of the marquee, compared with the 1979 photo
above). Note the first version of our Pepsi sign, and now the
windows above the marquee have been boarded over. For most of
the 1980s, the boarded-over windows sported four-foot tall letters
spelling R-O-X-Y. We got rid of the
letters when the windows were restored.
The year after this
paint job was finished, the neon restoration project began, and
was completed in 1992. (The picture at the top of this page was
taken the day the neon was completed.)
In 1996, we decided
to really paint the Roxy, by removing all the coats of
old paint underneath and patching the cracks in the stucco. The
job was done by Paul Carter, formerly of Forsyth but now of Billings.
This picture shows
the building with almost all of the old paint removed, finally
exposing the original color of the stucco underneath. (We think
it's probably darkened with time.) The discovery of this color
is the primary reason for the "cream" color of the
For a full
set of pictures of the 1996 paint job, click
under three weeks, the scene above was transformed into the finished
product seen here. The job took about twice as long as anticipated,
partly due to the extra effort required to remove the old paint
without damaging the 66-year-old stucco underneath, and also due to
the many cracks in the stucco which had to be sealed.
This picture was taken in September
1996, the day Paul finished painting.
Our most recent paint job was the
tile roof, which was repainted in the summer of 2003 with the same
color as seen here.