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Boarman’s Roxy Theatre

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Boarman’s Roxy Theatre

Showtime Hours

Mon.-Fri.: 6:30pm
Sat.: 2pm Matinee, 6:30pm
Sun.: 2pm Matinee, 6:30pm
All shows subject to change!

We are located at 149 E Main St  Shelbyville, IL 62565

Have questions?
Call us: (217) 774-7699
Email us: [email protected]


2D Shows $4.00
3D Shows $6.00

Special Free Movies in 2013:

Throughout this year, special FREE  movies will be offered, all sponsored by Busey Bank, Wealth Management. Dates include:

  • Next FREE movie:  Friday, August 30th at 9:00 p.m. – Parental Guidance with Billy Crystal and Bette Midler
  • Thanksgiving, November 23, 10:00 a.m.
  • Holiday Season, December 6,  9:00 p.m.

The exact titles and times will be listed here when confirmed.

On-Screen Advertising

Want to get your message out to thousands of people for a reasonable price? Then consider advertising on our big screen prior to the movie starting. Our pre-movie slide show runs 30 minutes prior to each movie starting. You provide your own ad, or we will design it for you.  You can change your ad when ever you want.


  • Chamber Members:  $50.00 per month
  • Non Chamber Members:  $75.00 per month.

We request you advertise for at least three months.  But, you can change your ad in those three months. For more information, contact the Theatre Manager, Camice Barker, at 217-460-0850

Gift Certificates

Can be purchased at the theater during show times or at the Shelbyvlle Chamber of Commerce from 10:00 to 3:00 located at 124 North Morgan Street.

Certificates are available in $4.00  and $1.00 denominations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get more information about upcoming movies and see pre-views?

We recommend four websites: (click on movies on left side of screen),,,

Why does The Roxy only play one movie at a time?

Film company contracts require that the screen not be “shared” with another movie.  Sometimes when a film is a few weeks old exceptions can be made to this rule, so occasionally The Roxy will play two movies at a time.  We can only do this though when we have permission from the film companies.

What should I do if I think I lost something in the theater?

If you think you have lost something, you can call the theater manager at 217-460-0850.  Or you can stop in during show times.  We open our doors 30 minutes prior to each movie starting and are usually in the building up to an hour after the movie ends.  We will call the owner of say a purse or billfold if we are able to locate a phone number.  We keep found items for about two months and then move them on (clothing items are donated to charity).

Why can’t I bring in my own drinks or candy?

The Roxy, like all theatres, depends on concessions stand sales to survive.  If not for the concession stand, we would be out of business.  This is because the majority of your ticket money goes to the film company.  Since we are so dependent upon concession sales, we insist no outside food or drink be brought into the theatre.

Boarman’s Roxy Theater History


After 37 years without an indoor movie theater, Shelbyville again has a place for movie buffs. Boarman’s Roxy Theatre is the brainchild of Shelbyville automobile dealer Bob Boarman who donated $100,000 in the summer of 2003 to the Greater Shelbyville Area Chamber of Commerce if they would build a movie theater.

The Roxy Theatre was originally built in the 1800’s and was originally called the Playhouse Theatre.  The theatre at that time featured vaudeville type performances.  In 1936 the building was leased to the Frisina Amusement Company and renamed the New Roxy Theatre.  The theatre underwent remodeling  and added air conditioning and other modern conveniences.

The original Roxy closed on November 6, 1966 after showing the Disney film “Mary Poppins.”  After the marquee was removed the building became home to several different businesses over the years.

Shelbyville had not had a movie theater since 1966, when the then 30-year-old Roxy closed.

Then in 2003 a business man from Charleston approached the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce to see about opeing a drive-in theatre in Shelbyville.   Bob Boarman, Shelbyville business owner, offered to assist the Chamber in reopening the downtown theatre – an offer he had made three years prior.  It was decided that refurbishing the old Roxy Theatre would be a better choice than a drive in because it would be available year round and would revitalize the downtown area.

A group of interested business owners and townspeople put in hundreds of volunteer hours to bring the theatre back to life. Having only three months to bring the theatre back to life, the goal was met to reopen on the exact date the theatre closed.

The new Roxy is located in the same location in downtown Shelbyville after volunteers and members of the Roxy Theatre Management Committee, gutted the old theater building, that had been a photography studio, and rebuilt the Roxy from the brick walls out.

The first movie to be shown in the newly refurbished theatre was Mary Poppins on November 6, 2003, exactly 37 years after it closed.

And now, 25,000 tickets sold later, it’s still going strong.

The Roxy pays homage to the glory days with a vintage-looking theater marquee featuring neon lighting, and old style fabrics and curtains inside the building. The theater shows current Hollywood releases, classic films, and children’s films and provides other special programming.

Movie tickets are $4 each, and the Roxy offers a variety of specials, including special rates for area schools to bring students for special movies. Midnight shows of special films including the latest “Twilight” movie brought lines throughout the downtown area. During December, the theater offers free Saturday morning Christmas movies. The old-fashioned theater in a small town is also 21st century, with more than 1,300 friends on Facebook, a website and plans to add new digital equipment next year.

In addition to Boarman, other businesses have donated to the theater restoration and their names are featured on a plaque in the building’s lobby. Another generous donation was provided for the purchase of new seats, installed in October 2010.

Civic groups, Boy Scouts and other volunteers contributed many hours to the restoration project.

The Roxy has recently upgraded to a state-of-the-art digital projector.