Thursday, November 7, 2013

Eat, Drink, Visit and Remember the Roxy This Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 5:50 AM

This Saturday, you can take a trip back in time to experience what the “Roxy District” was like in its heyday decades ago. The folks behind the nonprofit group Save the Roxy are organizing an event all day Saturday to support the restoration of the historic Roxy Theatre and help revitalize the area around it (once a popular entertainment and shopping district known as "Northeast Nashville”).

In a story in this week's issue of the Scene, Jim Ridley traces the history of the 76-year-old Roxy Theatre — one of the last remaining neighborhood theaters in the country — and the efforts to return it to its former glory.

Folks who live near the Roxy in the McFerrin Park neighborhood say East Nashville's changing fortunes are bringing in real estate investors who don't have a stake in the neighborhood, Ridley writes. Members of Save the Roxy want to rescue the theater before any speculators get a chance to buy it and raze it.

The Roxy Revival event kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday and will feature live entertainment on stages inside and outside the theater. The original 1968 Planet of the Apes will screen inside the theater at 4 p.m. All around the theater, there will be “pop-up” retail featuring local vendors as well as a beer and food, including a number of food trucks.

Fresh off their big win in the People’s Choice Category (and drink and taco categories) at the Nashville Street Food Awards, Crepe a Diem will be on site. Also on hand will be Yayo’s O.M.G., Crankee’s Pizza and Music City Pie Company.

Admission for the festival and entertainment is free. (Event organizers told Jim Ridley that donations will be accepted just in case.)

A full list of the musical lineup (booked by Jared Corder from East Nashville Underground) is posted on the event’s Facebook page.

Roxy Revival
827 Meridian St.
Saturday, Nov. 9
10 a.m.-10 p.m.

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