The Roxy Theatre on Hamilton Street in Neepawa, one of the oldest operating theatrical venues in Manitoba, was built in 1906 to replace an opera house destroyed by fire. It was used originally for live performances such as vaudeville, dramas, concerts, lectures and political rallies, one of its operators being Bertram Brooker (1912-1913) and his brother Cecil Brooker. In 1936 the building was renovated into the Art Deco style by proprietor Leon Asper with architectural expertise from the firm of Green, Blankstein and Russell.
The theatre has been operated by community volunteers since 1988 and has been community-owned since 1989. In 2006, the building became a municipally-designated historic site.
Memorable Manitobans: Bertram Brooker (1888-1955)
Memorable Manitobans: Leon Asper (c1899-1961)
Manitoba Business: Green Blankstein Russell and Associates
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Roxy Theatre (385 Henderson Highway, Winnipeg)
Roxy Theatre, 291 Hamilton Street, Neepawa, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch.
We thank George Penner and Glen Toews for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and S. Goldsborough.
Page revised: 23 May 2023
Historic Sites of Manitoba
This is a collection of historic sites in Manitoba compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society. The information is offered for historical interest only.
SEARCH the collection
Browse lists of:
Museums/Archives | Buildings | Monuments | Cemeteries | Locations | Other
Inclusion in this collection does not confer special status or protection. Official heritage designation may only come from municipal, provincial, or federal governments. Some sites are on private property and permission to visit must be secured from the owner.
Site information is provided by the Manitoba Historical Society as a free public service only for non-commercial purposes.