We were so excited last year to be in this fabulous space that we decided we just HAD to come back! After all, the SF Transgender Film Festival was born at The Roxie in 1997 (then called the Tranny Fest).
But The Roxie has been around for quite some time. It’s the longest running cinema in the US, and the second oldest in the world! It opened in 1909 as the C. H. Brown Theater and has gone through quite a few identity changes since then. While it always been a small, neighborhood theater, it had its moments as a home for Russian-language films, and even nude and openly erotic films!
Since 1979, The Roxie has been a hub of underground, artistic, and queer film. It showcased titles like The Life and Death of Frida Kahlo by David and Karen Crommie, and Rosa von Praunheim’s It is Not the Homosexual Who Is Perverse, but the Situation In Which He Lives. The 80s and 90s were devoted to retrospectives, revivals, and films too extraordinary for your average theater.
In 2009, The Roxie became a nonprofit. Since then it has “has doubled-down on its iron-willed dedication to showcase the coolest/weirdest/most-thought provoking films of the past, present and future” (www.roxie.com). The Roxie has many awesome programs, from a Japanese film series to its annual film noir festival. The Roxie is committed to creating a unique and affordable moviegoing experience.
It’s no wonder we love it here!