413-417 Union Avenue,
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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.
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