The Dufwin Theater, Oakland
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The Dufwin theater in Oakland, CA - known better as The Roxie. The Dufwin opened on October 8, 1928 and was named after Henry Duffy, a theater producer, and his wife, actress Dale Winter (combining the first syllables of their surnames). It was one of eight theaters owned by Duffy which featured the Henry Duffy Players. The opening play was Vincent Lawrence's "In Love With Life." Actor Leo Carrillo (who would years later be known as Pancho on "The Cisco Kid") served as Master of Ceremonies at the theater's opening. Sadly, Duffy went bankrupt in the early days of the depression, resulting in the Dufwin's closure (and subsequent rebirth as the Roxie).
Many events have been held here over the years, but as the Roxie, was a premiere movie house from the 60's through the 80's when it closed. The Roxie showed all of the first-run motion pictures, and was quite the place to see and be seen. It was restored again in the 90's and now it's an office building.
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