“I always was fascinated as a youth going to the movies at the big old downtown movie palaces,”. And that’s exactly why Rick bought the Roxy back in 1970. “I was 21 at the time I took over this theater,”.
Rick said “I’m the manager, the projectionist and on some days, also the ticket taker, Right now I’m everything!”
The Roxy is etched in history as the longest-running dollar theater in America. Currently $3 a ticket, like other venues, 2020 has left it in the dark. Rick had to get creative to keep the theater from shuttering. He started renting it out for smaller, intimate screening parties. “A birthday party, anniversary or just the family,” he says, can be celebrated there, within Covid-19 guidelines and regulations. “People asked me if they could put a message up on the marquee,” he says, adding that you can get your name in lights. At 71 years young, Rick has no plans to part with the Roxy. “I have no interest in retiring at this point. As long as I’m healthy, what else would I do?” he says. After all, it’s been 50 wonderful years and counting. The Roxy turns 100 next year. Rick says he’s doing everything he can to meet that milestone and hopefully celebrate with the big bash it deserves.