Historic Roxy Theatre an integral asset for community, schools

Friday, August 2, 2019

The Roxy Theater in downtown Alta is gearing up for the 2019-2020 Alta-Aurelia school year which begins in August, as well as other community events. The theater is owned and operated by the Alta-Aurelia school district and is used throughout the year by the Buena Vista Community Theater and the Touch of Broadway singing troupe.

“The Roxy Theater serves as the school’s auditorium,” said retired Alta-Aurelia school superintendent Lynn Evans. The district’s schools are equipped with gyms and stages, he said, but added, “This is a much better venue for speeches and all-faculty meetings.” The Roxy Theater is best-known for high school plays and musical performances, as well as being home to the Buena Vista Community Theatre program and its productions.

The community appreciates the renovations over the years that have updated the historic theater which is located at 218 Main Street in Alta. Two renovations occurred, one in 1990 and another in 2016. In 1990, 276 new seats were added to the original 160, and the small stage was extended. In the most recent renovation, updates included all-new stage lighting with modern standards and all new digital sound systems, Evans said, adding that Brad Nesbitt, a retired speech teacher in the school district, was instrumental in the sound renovations. Another upgrade in 2016 was to the climate control system. The building now has a new lobby and restrooms, and the basement has a make-up room, dressing rooms, a prop room and practice rooms. Donations for the 2016 renovation project were sought by the school district and the community. Since 2001, the Touch of Broadway singing troupe has also been based out of the theater.

The Buena Vista Community Theater has been based out of the Roxy Theater since 1991, with its most recent productions taking place in June of this year when Shrek the Musical was performed, and in July with the youth production of “Frozen Jr.”

Originally, the Roxy Theater was a movie theater and community center. The community has used the theater over the years for meetings and events, fundraisers and weddings. It has served as the public library, and church services have been held there. Residents consider it to be an integral and cherished fixture in Alta.