History

History

Welcome to the New Roxy!

The New Roxy is a former movie theater located in the Historic New World District of Clarksdale Mississippi. Renovation began in 2008 after sitting vacant and deteriorating since the mid 1980’s. What remains physically is a shell of the former theater…. a sloping concrete floor, masonry stage, distressed yet beautiful brick walls, a gorgeous view of the night sky and a fabulous feeling that can only be understood when you stand inside.

We are currently open only for special events which often feature live blues music. Come join us as we try to recapture some of the rich history and culture of this once vibrant and important neighborhood in the heart of the Delta.

History

When I purchased the theater in 2008 it had been sitting vacant for over 30 years. With lots of help from friends and volunteers, we’ve been slowly but steadily ‘rebuilding’ this historic space and bringing it back to a useful life.   Hope you enjoy the detailed history below.

Robin Colonas  – July 2013

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Past

Being a newcomer to this region of Mississippi, I certainly can’t claim to be an accurate historian about the place, so much of the information I will share are the facts I have read in history books and from spending cherished hours listening to the locals who have been in Clarksdale most of their lives. After all, it’s their history to tell, and I am just an eager “newbie” who is trying to absorb all I can about this fascinating place… continue reading

Present

interiordaytimeMid 2013 finds the space free of the 25 years of accumulated debris, rotting structural materials and invasive poison
ivy. Removed by hand and wheelbarrow were the entire roof, the dilapidated balcony, a handful of badly deteriorated theater seats and many, many empty liquor bottles.  What remains is a sloping concrete floor with a drain, a masonry stage, distressed yet beautiful brick walls, a gorgeous view of the night sky and a fabulous feeling that can only be understood when you stand inside… continue reading

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Future

The work and activity around the New Roxy and the sense of community interest with regard to all that’s been going with the clean out process the past few years has been truly overwhelming, yet gratifying. Buying the New Roxy and undertaking the project of somehow bringing the building back to useful life was, quite honestly, a completely spontaneous decision without a solid long term plan… continue reading

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