Roxy Theatre

1527 Washington Avenue,
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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Former Roxy Theatre Miami Beach

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This small independent theatre was opened in 1967. Very non-descript if I remember. Their policy changed many times. They alternated between porno, first run, some classics, etc. “Boom” with Elizabeth Taylor played here first run. I saw a double bill of “Grease” and “Saturday Night Fever” here.

In 1994 it was converted into an adult striptease club.

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miamiguy on July 6, 2008 at 7:34 pm

The owner’s name is Leroy Griffith and lots of people (mainly City officials) have had re-ins with him. He’s quite an interesting guy (and quite a character). Here’s the latest dust-up he’s having with the city of Miami Beach.

Leroy is responsible for bringing porno to Miami Beach (his claim). At one time he owned or controlled the Paris, Roxy, Cameo, and Carib in Miami Beach, plus the Paramount and Boulevard (Pussycat) in Miami as Al mentions over on the Boulevard’s page.

There’s no telling how much money he’s spent fighting various local governments, but he’s just one of those guys that won’t let city officials push him around.

joysmovies on July 28, 2008 at 6:25 pm

Does anyone have any info on the Gayety Theatre on Collins Ave? It was one of Leroy Griffith’s Theatres.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 28, 2008 at 7:36 pm

The Gayety was at 2004 Collins and was mostly a Burlesque strip club that rarely showed movies.

Harvey on April 11, 2009 at 2:57 am

1985 photos of the Roxy here and here.

jeffsfonts on March 23, 2010 at 8:50 pm

When I was going to Ida M. Fisher Junior High in the mid-1960’s, the building that houses the Roxy was a fire insurance company office. If memory serves me correctly – and I can’t prove this… I believe the insurance company relocated because THEY had a fire!

PhillipPessar on December 27, 2010 at 9:32 am

This is a recent photo of the former Roxy, now Club Madonna which is a strip club.

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Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on October 23, 2012 at 10:44 am

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

tzwicky on May 21, 2013 at 8:04 pm

The last film I saw at this theatre was “A Man For All Seasons,” that being the 1966 film. I was dragged there by history-loving parents for a family afternoon, and steamed the whole time. It was not exactly the kind of film an 8 YO wanted to see. There was no vestibule for the two aisles, so every time someone used the door, it wiped out half the screen. The doors faced West and caught all the sunlight from the very small lobby.

Al_1981 on October 24, 2015 at 9:44 pm

From the late 70’s into the late 80s, it was a classic grindhouse theatre. I saw tons of slasher / horror movies there, including Scanners, The Howling, Fear No Evil, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Prom Night, Halloween 1-3, April Fools day and many others. My most memorable time at the Roxy was seeing The Warriors with a pretty rowdy audience in late 81. When the film ended and i was leaving, a number of Guardian Angels were standing in the back of the theatre looking like they could’ve been in the film itself.

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