Roxie, 3117 16th Street, is San Francisco's oldest operating movie
house. Opened in 1913 and known as The Poppy, the theatre later became
The Rex then The Roxie. Since 1976 the venue has served as a screening
room for cult, classic, independent and offbeat repertory programming.
Bill Banning, the theatre's owner, was $50,000 in arrears for rent when
he screened The Last Picture Show as a fundraiser in April, 2002. The effort
to save the threatened institution attracted a lot of attention from the
local press. San Francisco film lovers contributed $22,000, giving Banning
and The Roxie a second wind.
about The Roxie