Roxie Cinema

3117 16th Street,
San Francisco, CA 94103

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Previously operated by: Cinema Grill Systems Circuit of Georgia

Functions: Movies (Film Festivals), Movies (Independent), Movies (Revival)

Previous Names: Poppy Theatre, New 16th Street Theatre, Rex Theatre, Gem Theatre, Gaiety Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 415.863.1087
Manager: 415.431.3611

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Roxie Cinema

Opened in 1912 as the Poppy Theatre by local jeweler Philip H. Doll. During its early years, the theater was also known as the Rex Theatre, Gem Theatre, and Gaiety Theatre.

This small movie house was remodeled in 1932 and reopened as the Roxie Cinema with 300 seats. In the late-1960’s and early-1970’s it operated as an adult movie theatre.

Current management started repertory programming in March 1976. Under new leadership of Alan Holt, in 2009, the cinema became a nonprofit oranization, continuing to showcase films.

Contributed by Tom Mayer

Recent comments (view all 39 comments)

darquil on May 23, 2010 at 10:02 pm

According to the official page, the seating capacity for the main auditorium is 238.

darquil on May 27, 2010 at 5:44 am

I’ve posted information and photos from a recent visit here.

Prof David Ducay
Prof David Ducay on September 26, 2013 at 2:56 pm

The great old Roxie Theatre, been to this movie house several times and took my kids there to. A venue to watch S.F. IndyFest, independent and shorts films. It was used by the Film Arts Foundation (FAF) back in the day (fused with another film group), had one of my films I produced and Michael Hankinson directed “Heart of the Warriors” showcased at this theatre. It’s small and old but it has a lot of spirit and history to go with it. The little theater that’s been around since 1909 and gone through some incredible adventures and now surviving off independent film and a Comedy Club. The Roxie-

xsallnow on December 27, 2016 at 4:42 am

I don’t know what’s worse the supermarket receipt type tickets or the red generic “admit one” type.

stevenj on March 2, 2017 at 7:33 pm

One way to keep a 108 year old theater continuously open is to think outside the box for new avenues of income and ways to stay afloat. This was in today’s SFChronicle:


stevenj on December 25, 2017 at 9:05 pm

San Francisco’s longest-running movie theater — the oldest continuously operating movie theater in the United States is thriving. Very good article here from the SF Chronicle’s movie reviewer Mick LaSalle:


davidcoppock on March 28, 2018 at 12:56 pm

Roxie Cinema appered(outside and inside) in an episode of Mytnbusters(season 10), Laws of Attraction(Money talks section).

m00se1111 on May 14, 2023 at 10:59 pm

During the late 60’s and early 70’s - the Roxie had a turn as an “adult theatre” as shown in this quick clip from their youtube page

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