Ralph Boice is known mainly for his theater management in Kosciusko County since 1931, first at the old Strand Theater on North Buffalo St. and then at the Boice Theater since 1955.
He was involved in the movie business for most of his life. His father, who opened the first theater in Elkhart in 1906, began teaching Ralph to be a movie projectionist when he was only 9 years old!
Ralph continued working at the Elkhart theater until 1918, when he joined the Signal Corps of the U.S. Army. As soon as the Army discovered he was a projectionist, Boice was put to work projecting films at Army camps.
Ralph began playing tennis while quite young and by the time he was in his late teens, he was playing at a champion level.
He met and married Gladys Hough in Elkhart in 1919. She was a tennis expert and also worked as a pianist during theater intermission and performed music in vaudeville acts.
They both shared a passion for theater and began their long life together in movie theater work, making their own movies and processing them in their home, continuing their active sport of playing and coaching tennis and encouraging promising young tennis players.
Ralph played competitive tennis until he was 55 years old and referred to tennis as a “lifetime” sport, saying one has to be alert at all times. He retired from the theater business after working in it for more than sixty years.