Roxy Theatre (West Hollywood)

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

The Roxy Theatre
The Roxy
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The Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip
Location 9009 W Sunset Blvd, 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
Capacity 500
Opened September 23, 1973
Website
www.theroxy.com
Steve Morse live with the Dixie Dregs at the Roxy, August 28, 1999.

The Roxy Theatre (often just The Roxy) is a famous nightclub, on the Sunset Strip, in West Hollywood, California. The Roxy is owned by Lou Adler and Adler's son, Nic, who operates the club.[1]

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The Roxy was opened on September 23, 1973, 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 his band The Santa Monica Flyers played the Roxy for the first week it was open. Only three months later, the original 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 partially to the intimate atmosphere and good acoustics of the venue, as well as the legendary reputation of "Hollywood" amongst performers around the world).

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

The small On The Rox bar above the club has hosted a wide variety of debauchery in its history. The bar was a regular hangout for John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Alice Cooper and Keith Moon during Lennon's "lost weekend" in 1973-74 and hosted parties arranged by Heidi Fleiss in the 1980s.

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