Roxy Theatre

413-417 Union Avenue,
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Roxy Theatre

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The Roxy was built in the 1930’s as a burlesque theatre. It was small, with 475 seats. It stood a half block west of Knoxville’s Market Square: a convenient, if not prestigous, location. Small town burlesque didn’t last too long and the Roxy existed as a second run movie theatre for most of its existence.

Several generations of school boys spent their Saturday mornings at the Roxy’s double feature westerns. Now gray-haired men, they will smile and tell of taking the street cars “uptown” to see Tom Mix, the Lone Ranger, Hop-Along Cassidy and friends.

The Roxy was torn down during Knoxville’s tragic wave of urban renewal to make way for a parking lot (c. 1965). After 40 years the site is finally being redeveloped.

Contributed by Will Dunklin

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bbrown1
bbrown1 on September 12, 2007 at 8:44 pm

What a great article! When I lived in Knoxville in the 70’s, I could tell Market Square was just a ghost of what it had once been, and always wondered what it had been like earlier. I would love to see a photo of the Roxy!

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on February 10, 2010 at 8:59 pm

This story, towards the end, talks about the Roxy; apparently parts of it got recycled at another location: View link

seraphotodude
seraphotodude on June 21, 2013 at 10:15 am

I live in the building that sits where the old Roxy used to be. I would love to blow those pictures up and hang them in our lobby. Would you mind to send me full size images, if you have them?

Thanks, Chris

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