827 Meridian Street,
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Located in East Nashville. The Roxy Theatre opened in 1939 with a seating capacity of 500. It was operated by Crescent Theatres. In the 1950’s it was renamed Woodbine Theatre, after another theatre with that name had closed.
It closed as a movie theatre in July of 1960. By 1970 it was in use as a Laundromat. In 1980 it went through a renovation and reopened as the Roxy Production Center with a recording studio and a 240 seat theatre. Operated by music producer Aubrey Mayhew, it was known as AMCORP Music Group and was frequented by Johnny Paycheck and other Nashville based stars. Aubrey Mayhew closed the studio in the early-1990’s, but continued living in the theatre building until his death in 2009.
The theatre’s future continues to be threatened by years ov vacancy and recent real estate speculation in the area. Recently, a volunteer group has organized to bring attention to the theatre. ‘Save the Roxy’ is a grassroots movement dedicated to preserving the memories, heritage, stories and places connected with the Roxy Theatre and surrounding structures.
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