Roxy_Theatre_(West_Hollywood) Latitude and Longitude:

34°05′27″N 118°23′17″W / 34.090781°N 118.387993°W / 34.090781; -118.387993
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34°05′27″N 118°23′17″W / 34.090781°N 118.387993°W / 34.090781; -118.387993

The Roxy Theatre
The Roxy
The Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip
Address9009 W Sunset Blvd
Location West Hollywood, California 90069
Coordinates 34°05′27″N 118°23′17″W / 34.090765°N 118.388029°W / 34.090765; -118.388029
Owner Lou Adler and Nic Adler
Type Nightclub
Genre(s) Rock
OpenedSeptember 20, 1973 [1] [2]
Steve Morse live with the Dixie Dregs at the Roxy, August 1999

The Roxy Theatre (often just the Roxy) is a nightclub on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California, owned by Lou Adler and his son, Nic. [3]


The Roxy was opened on September 20, 1973, [1] [2] by Elmer Valentine and Lou Adler, along with original partners David Geffen, Elliot Roberts and Peter Asher. They took over the building previously occupied by a strip club owned by Chuck Landis called the Largo. (Adler was also responsible for bringing the stage play The Rocky Horror Show to the United States, and it opened its first American run at The Roxy Theatre in 1974, before it was made into the movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show the next year.)

Neil Young and the Santa Monica Flyers (billed as Crazy Horse, a related ensemble) played the Roxy for the first three days it was open. [4] Only three months later, the Genesis lineup with Peter Gabriel played several consecutive days at the Roxy, a run that some band members and many fans consider to be amongst their finest performances (due in part, to the intimate atmosphere and good acoustics of the venue).

Paul Reubens, then a struggling comedian, introduced his Pee-wee Herman character in a raunchy revue here in 1981 that included such aspiring comics as Phil Hartman and Elayne Boosler.

Tom Eyen's hit comedy Women Behind Bars enjoyed a long extended run with such stars as Lu Leonard, Adrienne Barbeau, Sally Kellerman, and Linda Blair, and was the site of the first AIDS benefit held in Los Angeles on July 27, 1983. [5]

In January 2014, Goldenvoice became the exclusive promoter for The Roxy and ushered in a new era by bringing in big-name acts such as U2 and Foo Fighters.

Recordings and notable performances

See also


  1. ^ a b "Attractions Set at Roxy Theater". Los Angeles Times. September 21, 1973. The Roxy Theater, which opened Thursday night with Neil Young, has confirmed eight additional attractions...
  2. ^ a b Robert Hilburn (September 22, 1973). "Roxy: Pop-Rock Takes a Step Uptown". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ Romano, Tricia (December 4, 2009). "Reviving the Roxy: Can the Strip Follow?". New York Times. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
  4. ^ "Neil Young".
  5. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "Very First L.A. AIDS Benefit--Women Behind Bars, 1983, Jean Simmons, Mamie Van Doren". YouTube.
  6. ^ "Today: Bruce Springsteen played Roxy LA in 1978". 7 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Frank Zappa's Roxy Performances box set planned". 17 January 2018. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Agent Orange (7) - Real Live Sound". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-01-28.

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