Roxie Cinema

3117 16th Street,
San Francisco, CA 94103

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Roxie Cinema

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Opened in 1912 as the Poppy Theatre by local jeweler Philip H. Doll. During its early years, the theater was also known as the Rex Theatre, Gem Theatre, and Gaiety Theatre.

This small movie house was remodeled in 1932 and reopened as the Roxie Cinema with 300 seats.

Current management started repertory programming in March 1976. Under new leadership of Alan Holt, in 2009, the cinema became a nonprofit oranization, continuing to showcase films.

Contributed by Tom Mayer

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Simon Overton
Simon Overton on April 23, 2007 at 6:11 pm

This is an amazing little cinema with (what looks like) the worlds smallest projection booth… God forbid another earthquake.
They manage to find the most unusual films never heard of before; I went to the Roxie to see “The Art of Masterbation” and was completey amaaaaaaaaazed at what we (the audience roaring with laughter)were shown. I swear I blushed in the darkness!

davidkaye on April 25, 2007 at 8:54 am

The exterior of the Roxie has just been repainted, possibly for the first time in 30 years. It looks very nice now.

kencmcintyre on August 18, 2009 at 11:30 pm

Here is a 1970 photo that is being sold on eBay:

darquil on May 23, 2010 at 2:02 pm

According to the official page, the seating capacity for the main auditorium is 238.

darquil on May 26, 2010 at 9:44 pm

I’ve posted information and photos from a recent visit here.

Prof David Ducay
Prof David Ducay on September 26, 2013 at 6:56 am

The great old Roxie Theatre, been to this movie house several times and took my kids there to. A venue to watch S.F. IndyFest, independent and shorts films. It was used by the Film Arts Foundation (FAF) back in the day (fused with another film group), had one of my films I produced and Michael Hankinson directed “Heart of the Warriors” showcased at this theatre. It’s small and old but it has a lot of spirit and history to go with it. The little theater that’s been around since 1909 and gone through some incredible adventures and now surviving off independent film and a Comedy Club. The Roxie-

hdtv267 on November 22, 2016 at 4:26 pm

the Roxie (both big & little) are operating and doing very well. During a recent trip to San Francisco (November 2016) I attended three times.

Theatre is now using online ticketing and via Ipad in both houses. This now produces the “Supermarket reciepts” that a past member railed against in the past at a venue.

Being a “community theatre” it offers quite ecletic fare. I attended an evening screening one of the nights of the Transgender Film Festival. This was in the big Roxie. My two visits to the little Roxie were for a Saturday morning cartoon presentation, then later in the week “King Cobra” about gay porn icon Brent Corrigan.

Seating quite comfortable as well as the sightlines. Due to the timing I got to the theaters each night ( darn Mission resturants being crowded) I was unable to get internal photos. If you are in SF or going, check out the calendar and try to make a trip to this hidden city gem. Support local cinema.

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