For decades, the Roxy served the Five Points neighborhood and other African Americans throughout Denver as the only black-owned movie house in the city. The theater was built during the Great Depression and provided a place where African Americans could enjoy Hollywood films as well as "race films"- movies created by black-owned production companies that featured black actors and actresses in feature roles. The opening of the Roxy also provided a space for African American audiences to enjoy performances by leading black artists and musicians such as Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday. The theater continues to support the Five Points neighborhood and Denver's African American communities with events throughout the year, as well as national and regional artists who bring everything from rock and punk to hip-hop and R&B to the city.
Backstory and Context
Roxy Theater. Cinema Treasures. Accessed 12/2/2016 http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/17721.