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Monday, November 5, 2012

The Roxie, S.F.'s Longest Running Theater, Needs Our Help

Posted By on Mon, Nov 5, 2012 at 10:30 AM

There's nothing quite as heartbreaking as seeing a shuttered movie theater, and as a result, it's hard to go more than a mile in San Francisco without being heartbroken. I can hardly ever go into the Haight without being overcome with sadness about the loss of the Red Vic. There's a lot of things to feel sad about in the Haight, admittedly, but damn, I miss the Red Vic so much.

But the Roxie Theater in the Mission has been hanging in there, not just as an operating movie theater but as one that concentrates on independent, experimental, and lower-profile films -- the kind of place that would never devote a week to show the Indiana Jones or Pirates of the Caribbean movies (just to cite totally random examples that may or may not have premiered at the Castro Theater in recent years). And they need our help to keep it that way.

See Also:

Last Chance to See Christopher Nolan's Batman Films in Glorious 35mm

John Waters Explains His Love for S.F. Muni, the Roxie Theater, and Die Antwoord

Castro Theatre to Start Showing Blockbusters

The Roxie registered as a 501c3 nonprofit in 2009, but it has a ways to go before becoming a sustainable nonprofit -- about $57,000 more to go, to be precise, and it's raising the funds through Kickstarter. If the project reaches its goal of $60,000, it'll allow the Roxie to do upgrades and remodels, not to mention to just be able to continue showing the kind of movies they do. This is important, folks.

The Kickstarter video (warning, it starts off hella loud):

My favorite history tidbit from the video: "In the '60s and '70s, the Roxie was a porn theater that was run by members of the Russian mafia that helped pioneer the presentation of 35mm pornographic film." That's the kind of thing that makes me happy.

There's also going to be series of videos by artists whose work has been shown at the Roxie. The only one so far is by Zachary Booth, whom I've never heard of, but that also just goes to show that I don't go to the Roxie nearly enough:

Upcoming videos will include longtime Roxie supporter (and current advisory board member) John Waters, and also the footage scavengers at Everything is Terrible, which I'm particularly excited about.

Please visit the Roxie's Kickstarter and give, give, give. Go see movies at the Roxie too. And the Castro and the Balboa, for that matter. We don't want of any of our theaters to close, and it's up to all of us to keep San Francisco from getting even more heartbreaking.


Sherilyn Connelly is a San Francisco-based writer. She also curates and hosts Bad Movie Night at The Dark Room, every Sunday at 8pm.

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