Roxie Cinema

3117 Sixteenth Street,
San Francisco, CA 94103

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Prof David Ducay
Prof David Ducay on September 26, 2013 at 9:56 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-

darquil on May 27, 2010 at 12:44 am

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

darquil on May 23, 2010 at 5:02 pm

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

kencmcintyre on August 19, 2009 at 2:30 am

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

davidkaye on April 25, 2007 at 11:54 am

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

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on April 23, 2007 at 9:11 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!

Roxie on April 4, 2007 at 4:59 pm


The Roxie is looking to acquire new seats.
If you know of an abundance of used cinema seats,
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Ian on March 18, 2007 at 12:58 pm

And another photo here:–

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davidkaye on December 27, 2005 at 3:18 pm

As of 12/27/05 the Roxie Cinema has been sold to New College of California for assumption of debts of $200,000. New College will operate it as part of their media department, showcasing student films in addition to the regular Roxie fare of independent, foreign, and unusual films. Bill Banning, former Roxie owner, will continue to book shows, and it appears that Roxie Releasing will also go to New College.

kencmcintyre on December 10, 2005 at 3:00 pm

Another photo from the same source:

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kencmcintyre on October 28, 2005 at 6:51 pm

From the SF Public Library:

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 14, 2005 at 4:27 am

I caught Robert Gardner’s Forest of Bliss here on July 21, 1986.

PAULB on May 16, 2005 at 8:08 pm

Gee that’s what we need, the Tax office seizing and presumably running a cinema…..or trying to, which would be beyond even them. Then they would learn about distributors! and the IRS could investigate them instead…..oh, haha. But of course they would have to sell the cinema or lease it which means the cycle could start all over again…… The Roxie management might be better off handing it all over to the IRS with a note left on the manager’s office saying “OK smarty pants YOU run it”.

scottfavareille on May 16, 2005 at 11:30 am

Once again, this theater is in danger of closing, according to today’s SF Chronicle. The theater operator owes $140,000 between the IRS($115,000) and back rent to the landlord($25,000). The article was implying that the IRS may wind up seizing the theater.

The Roxie does show a lot of independent film festivals as well as good documentaries and other gems.

RobertR on December 9, 2004 at 11:23 am

They should move some of the Castro bookings here now that the tide seems to be changing there.

gsmurph on December 9, 2004 at 7:50 am

The Surf was converted into a church, not demolished.

davidkaye on November 30, 2004 at 3:59 am

The seats for the Roxie came from the Surf Theatre when it was demolished. These much newer seats (circa 1975) replaced the original circa 1915 seats, which were prone to collapse.

davidkaye on November 30, 2004 at 3:57 am

The Roxie has turned the corner and between the regular Roxie and the Little Roxie two doors away (the Dalva bar doorway is between them), and with the success of Roxie Releasing (which releases interesting movies abandoned by other distributors), the Roxie appears to be on firm footing for the first time in the 28 years it’s been a revival/independent cinema house. And it was the fundraising by interested filmgoers and neighbors in 2002 that saved the Roxie.

scottfavareille on May 15, 2004 at 12:52 pm

This was also one of the earliest theaters in San Francisco showing hard porn, starting in the late 1960’s and in some of their SF Chronicle ads, even advertised 35mm hardcore. (At the time they started, many of the other places showing hard porn at that time were theaters made out of converted storefronts and used 16mm projection.) In March 1976, it went to revival house programming.

Tillmany on May 15, 2004 at 8:18 am

Roxie’s roots seem to go back even further than 1912. It’s listed in an October 1909 San Francisco telephone directory as being operated by C. H. Brown. The name Poppy first appears in 1912; around 1918
it was known as the New 16th Street. (The Victoria down the street
had been the first 16th Street Theatre). In 1920, it was the Rex,
in 1926 the Gem, in 1930 the Gaiety, and, finally, in 1933 (or so)
the Roxie.