Roxie Cinema

3117 Sixteenth 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 8:11 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 10:54 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 19, 2009 at 1:30 am

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

darquil on May 23, 2010 at 4:02 pm

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

darquil on May 26, 2010 at 11:44 pm

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

hdtv267 on September 1, 2012 at 5:53 pm

The Roxie Cinema has been stepping up it’s game of late with some great titles, live performances and an all around great time. I always have a great time there and can certainly understand it making the Top Ten Bay Area list

hdtv267 on March 20, 2013 at 4:20 am

Roxie has been named one of the top 5 Indie Cinemas in the Bay Area.

Prof David Ducay
Prof David Ducay on September 26, 2013 at 8:56 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-

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