A message to our patrons regarding reopening

September 30, 2020

To our friends and patrons,

In spite of the recent announcement that San Francisco theaters can reopen on October 7, The Roxie will remain closed to the general public. While we want nothing more than to return to being a physical space where film lovers gather together in communal appreciation of the seventh art, we need a little more time to complete necessary upgrades to ensure that The Roxie you eventually return to will be a more comfortable and accommodating place than the one you left.

Right now, renovations in the Big Roxie lobby, bathrooms, and concessions area are under way and continuing through October. Thanks to a generous grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, our lobby will be refreshed with new paint, tiling and carpeting; have better lighting; and, most importantly, feature an accessible bathroom in our main theater. Additionally, in November, we will install air conditioning with increased air filtration in both the Big Roxie and Little Roxie, thanks to a grant from The San Francisco Arts Commission.

Our intent is to reopen slowly and cautiously, opening by appointment only for filmmaker services such as quality check screenings (aka Roxie Review), and private rentals for small groups of up to 10 people – learn more about rentals here. We have committed to going above and beyond to ensure that our space is as safe as possible, even if it means staying closed beyond what the city permits. Until we are confident that we can offer a healthy environment for our staff and audience, expect these limited offerings to be in place for the foreseeable future — regardless of chain cinemas’ business operations or local reopening authorization. In the meantime, we will continue to offer an eclectic and thoughtful selection of titles in our Roxie Virtual Cinema. We are also ecstatic to partner with Pier70, the Balboa Theater and La Cocina in the just announced “Dinner And A Drive-In.”

We want to be open again, showing movies, popping corn, and simply being a space for people to enjoy a few hours away from their cares. We miss all of you and we are deeply moved by how many of you have chosen to renew your memberships, become virtual members, buy tickets to our virtual cinema, and make contributions over the past six months — even though our physical doors are currently closed. We’re committed to coming back, even though we can’t say when. But please know we’re working tirelessly toward that eventual happy reunion with you, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being a part of our cinematic community.

The Roxie