Mavrick's Music Hall

46 Dunlop Street W,
Barrie, ON L4N 1A4

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Previously operated by: Famous Players

Architects: John Wilson

Functions: Live Music Venue

Styles: Atmospheric

Previous Names: Roxy Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 705.503.5222

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Mavrick's Music Hall

The Roxy Theatre opened in 1931 and had an Atmospheric style auditorium with clouds ‘floating’ across. It was closed in 1975. The Roxy Theatre was a one-screen movie theatre and had room for over 700 people to see a film or a live show.

The Roxy Theatre became home to the The Roxx nightclub from 1989 until 2013. It then became a nightclub named Sound Empire which opened September 14, 2013. In mid-September 2016 it reopened as a live music venue named Mavrick’s Music Hall.

Contributed by Chad Irish

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

joel on November 30, 2003 at 1:56 am

what is the easiest way for me to find out if this theater is for sale?

JimRankin on May 27, 2004 at 2:26 am

It is amazing how many theatres are named ROXY in imitation of the once famous name of the New York City panjandrum of the movie palace: Samual Lionel Rothapfel = “Roxy”. His namesake was the famous ROXY THEATRE in NYC, which outlasted him by only 25 years when it was demolished in 1960. The whole story is in that landmark book “The Best Remaining Seats: The Story of the Golden Age of the Movie Palace” by the late Ben M. Hall in 1961. Various editions of it are sometimes available from, but only the first edition contains the color plates.

mhaw2001 on December 6, 2004 at 12:00 am

The Roxy is now (and has been since the early eighties) THE ROXX Nightclub. The nightclub still looks very much like a movie theatre. The upper balcony sections are VIP rooms and seperate bars, and the DJ booth is where the screen used to be.

samuel416 on July 31, 2007 at 12:53 am

im buying this and turnin it into a porn theater haha lol this is ma city yehhh barrie they should make a porno theater in downtown barrie it be interesting lol

MovieOffers on October 10, 2011 at 6:48 am

Looks like Barrie Imperial Theatre is open and operating on 55 Dunlop. See their website

DavidDymond on February 10, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Built in 1931 by John Saso and Sons, a local Barrie family at a cost of $100,000 in the midst of the depression. This was an atmospheric theatre with a special effects projector that would project clouds slowly swirling across the ceiling to make you feel you were outside. Stairways to the upstairs washrooms were constructed out of out lovely Italian travertine marble. This was a first class theatre all the way. The Sasos joined Famous Players Canadian Corporation as a partner-affiliate in the operation of this theatre from 1937 to 1960 when they retired, at which time Famous Players simply rented these premises! The Sasos were considered excellent theatre operators and I am proud to say that as this is the theatre where I started my showbusiness career in 1971!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 17, 2017 at 10:35 am

A solicitation for bids (called tenders in Canada) on the theater to be built at Barrie for John Saso was published in the January 29, 1931, issue of The Northern Advance. The notice was placed by the architect for the project, John Wilson.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 18, 2017 at 11:05 am

Maverick’s Music Hall can be seen in the upper left quadrant of this aerial photo of the Dunlop Street West area from the Barrie Historical Archive.

DavidZornig on August 21, 2019 at 7:50 am

Photo #2 in this article has the Roxy on the right, originally Elizabeth Street.

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