I learned a few interesting things in that nanosecond it took me to research the origin of my true or untrue memory of this photograph. The 5,920 seat Roxy theater was erected in 1927 and was razed in 1960. In its day it was the most exquisite and largest of all the movie palaces. Interestingly, the choice of Gloria Swanson wasn’t random—the Roxy’s opening film was a silent Swanson feature called The Love of Sunya, which told the story of a young woman who was given the power to see into her future.
Tag: Sam “Roxy” Rothafel
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