In 1938 The Roxy opened in Edmonton and became an entertainment fixture in the neighbourhood. Between the 1938 and 1989 the theatre went through many different owners, operators and programming as a movie-house until it was acquired by Theatre Network in 1989, and converted into a live-theatre venue.
The live-theatre venue became an institution in the community. As the only live-theatre venue in the 124 Street area, the Roxy was known for its unique atmosphere and character. It was truly one of a kind until it burned down in January of 2015.
Just before 4am on January 13th, 2015 fire crews were called to the Roxy Theatre. The building was engulfed in flames, and despite their best efforts the firefighters were unable to contain the blaze. The fire department called it a “tough old fire” and were unable to determine the cause.
The Roxy, for many, held memories of ‘firsts’ – opportunities, experiences, and roles. For 77 years it was a gathering place for movie-goers, artists, and Edmontonians. It brought together people of diverse backgrounds to celebrate creation and unique artistic expression. The building served a wide variety of individuals one thing that the staff, artists, and audiences who frequented the building can agree on is that The Roxy always felt like home.