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 built sometime in the 1960s. 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.

It is now in use as an adult theatre club.

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kencmcintyre on July 11, 2007 at 8:52 pm

I spent some time with a friend in Miami Beach when I took the photos in April. He is a real estate developer, pretty well known in that area. He objected when I told him about taking pictures of the strip club as he has had numerous run ins with the owner, whose name I can’t recall. He didn’t see any architectural significance regarding this building. To each his own, I guess.

miamiguy on July 7, 2008 at 3:34 am

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 29, 2008 at 2:25 am

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 29, 2008 at 3:36 am

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

Harvey on April 11, 2009 at 10:57 am

1985 photos of the Roxy here and here.

jeffsfonts on March 24, 2010 at 3:50 am

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 5:32 pm

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 6:44 pm

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 22, 2013 at 4:04 am

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.

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