Roxy Theater

2023 Sansom Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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The Roxy Theater opened in 1975 as a single screen seating 120 and programs Art House/Independent movies. A second screen has now been added.

In 1984, Ray Murray and Claire Brown took over the Roxy Theater, offering new releases.

In 1994, theatre owner Max Raab filed an antitrust suit against Miramax Films, alleging the studio allowed only Center City Philadelphia’s Ritz theatres to show first run movies. In October, 1994, the Roxy Theater closed. Two nearby movie theatres also closed in 1994 – the Eric Rittenhouse 3, which was demolished and Sam’s Place I & II, which became a CVS Pharmacy.

Bernard Nearey purchased the theatre in October, 1996 so moviegoers would have more another choice. On February 7, 1997, the Roxy Theater was reopened with “Secrets and Lies” and “Hype”. The Roxy Theater shows arthouse, classics, and mainstream films.

In September, 2012, the Roxy Theater closed, as the landlord terminated Nearey’s lease. The Philadelphia Film Society signed a 16-year lease, to show more art films, and refurbished including new screens, seats, surround sound and digital projection in addition to 35mm projection. The Roxy Theater reopened December 20, 2013 with “Saving Mr. Banks” on one screen and “The Wolf of Wall Street” to start the following week.

Contributed by Lost Memory, Howard B. Haas

Recent comments (view all 24 comments)

alps on September 28, 2012 at 4:51 pm

November is the closing day. I love this this theatre and will miss it. But how long can you deal with a leaky ceiling and musty smell. I believe this space will go retail. The rents on that block will rise, but a cinema was the perfect fit.

longislandmovies on October 3, 2012 at 11:28 am

Anyone have the contact on this landlord ?

alps on October 10, 2012 at 5:34 pm

I always said it should model the Film Forum, hooray!!!!

HowardBHaas on January 2, 2013 at 6:28 am

December 21, 2012 Washington Post article about the closure of Takoma Park video store owned by Annie and Barry Solan states the two met in 1975 at the State which Barry described as a “raggedy old vaudeville theater.” The article states that in 1979, Barry became a co-owner of the State where he screened films such as “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Our Hitler” an 8 hour movie. After they married in 1981, he bought other theaters including Philadelphia’s Roxy before entering the video business.

alps on January 13, 2013 at 11:39 am

Saw workers inside the Roxy the other day,in the near future, I am planning to donate money to the new owners, PFC, they should sell Roxy T-Shirts as an incentive.

alps on June 12, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Looks like work has stopped for now, was supposed to open last May. This would have been a good venue for the silent Hitchcock 9 film retro. If I were working, I would give more money to get this open.

alps on August 11, 2013 at 10:31 am

Will the ROXY be open in time for the Philadelphia Film Festival?

alps on October 20, 2013 at 11:55 am

October 18, 2013. I went to the open house for the ROXY. I am looking forward to it’s reopening. Full handicap access. It’s smaller in seating and the brick wall lobby is lost due to the new digital projection. One 35mm projector is in the smaller theater. New seats, new bathrooms and consession stand.No more leaking ceilings and musty smells, and the movies will be better, with NYC Film Forum type programing, can’t wait!

alps on November 20, 2013 at 4:03 pm

HOORAY!!!!! It’s open!

alps on December 4, 2013 at 7:58 pm

I jumped the gun, it’s still being worked on.

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