Roxy Theater

2023 Sansom Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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hdtv267 on February 17, 2014 at 1:25 am

Great article about the “return” of the Roxy

alps on December 5, 2013 at 3:58 am

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

alps on November 21, 2013 at 12:03 am

HOORAY!!!!! It’s open!

alps on October 20, 2013 at 7:55 pm

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 August 11, 2013 at 6:31 pm

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

alps on June 13, 2013 at 4:48 am

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 January 13, 2013 at 7:39 pm

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.

HowardBHaas on January 2, 2013 at 2:28 pm

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 October 11, 2012 at 1:34 am

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

hdtv267 on October 9, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Great news about the Roxy. It’s going to be the new home of the Philadelphia Film Society. One of the screens will be digital and the other remaining 35mm so they’ll be able to show the classics. It will be seen in the model of The Film Forum in NYC.

Here’s the article from

longislandmovies on October 3, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Anyone have the contact on this landlord ?

alps on September 29, 2012 at 12:51 am

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.

HowardBHaas on September 22, 2012 at 2:12 am

This article reports it closed but owner of building will himself reopen it with different format & redone

Mikeoaklandpark on September 11, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Well ALps Disney Warner Universal and another studio have signed a deal with Kodak to process 35mm films through 2015. This may save some of the smaller theaters like this one.

alps on September 11, 2012 at 3:44 am

I wonder will the Roxy will still be opened this time next year. The Ritz theaters have gone digital. The Roxy is important to the block, it helps the eateries in the area.

HowardBHaas on July 10, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Here’s a link to a 2006 interview with Roxy operator Bernard Nearey:

HowardBHaas on July 10, 2011 at 2:27 am

I wish to clarify that the “HowardB” above is NOT me. That appears to be a person who may have previously lived in NE Philly (having reviewed his prior comments).

alps on November 11, 2010 at 12:51 am

I wonder how the Roxy will fare when all films will only be availible on digital format? I hope they will work this out, I’d hate to lose this theatre.

Mikeoaklandpark on May 21, 2010 at 9:09 pm

I remember in the early 80’s they showed old classics. I rememebr seeing Auntie Mame there.

HowardB on February 8, 2010 at 4:10 am

I used to go to the Roxy back in the 90’s when it showed foreign and indy films. It was the only place outside of NYC you could see these types of films….at the time I could live with the super narrow alley-like auditoriums and tiny screens (in fairness the projection was always good, the staff very nice and they had a great snackbar). These days, I’m not gonna go downtown to see the same movie I can see on a big screen with good sound near home. If they brought back the unique indies and foreign films I might go back. It’s too bad there is such a shortage of screens in downtown Philly.

kencmcintyre on February 6, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Sounds good. I will be there in May, so I will check it out. Thanks.

alps on February 6, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Ken mc, the block is GREAT!!!!! Outside of the Roxy, which is still a swell experience, there is a cool record/cd store, Fat Jacks comic crypt, a theater (plays)a top notch comedy club where the greats perform Paul Mooney Robert Kline, and a lot of first class resturants. Fell free to come and visit.

kencmcintyre on January 17, 2010 at 7:28 am

I forgot all about this place. Sansom was one my favorite streets in college for its collection of restaurants, t-shirt shops and general Greenwich Village-type ambience. I have no idea what it’s like now.

HowardBHaas on May 24, 2009 at 1:06 am

Set of photos of the Roxy, including exterior, lobby, auditorium:
View link

alps on August 5, 2008 at 3:36 am

I get so tired of all this bashing of the Roxy Theater. I, for one, am very happy it is there. Yes, it is small and the sound could be better, but I would not trade the experience of welcome enjoyment, as I call it. From the beautiful lady that sells and tears your ticket, to the fresh popcorn with real butter, at fair prices, the cool choice of music that is played, and the cleanliness. Most of all the owner is there to personally greet you. Even though he holds a full time job as an attorney, he stands by his theater. I wish though, that they would have film programing similar to that of the Film Forum in New York. Philly moviegoers are not as adventurous as they clain to be, I still have to travel to NYC to see films that never see the light of day here. I also love the bare brick walls in the lounge and the cleanest bathrooms of any cinema, although idiots are begining to tag them with graffiti. I will support this cinema as long as it remains open, as I will support independent record and bookstores. In the past TLA would program festivals there. We should not allow this cinema to die, the last first run movie theater in Center City. Thank you Mr. Nearey, and keep fighting the good fight, I believe you will wear Mark Cuban and Landmark down.