The New Roxy

367 Issaquenna - Clarksdale, MS 38614

Robin and Matt started to bring the New Roxy back to life in the New World District during 2008.
In August-2009 Robin became the sole owner as Matt has moved on to a new adventure.

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Built in 1953 by A.N. and Sadie Rossie the New Roxy cinema was always packed during the early Front1.jpg (32561 bytes)1950's and was one of the highest volume black theatres in the state of Mississippi.  As the movie business declined during the 1970's, the original owners leased Main1.jpg (42304 bytes)the theatre to a number of different people, however further declines led to the closing in the early 1980's.  In 2001, the building was purchased by Pamela Haskins of Atlanta, GA., however she ultimately decided that her plans for a community building could not be accomplished.
Next up to bat is Robin & Matt Bolden, purchasing the building in June-2008.


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Just to the north of the existing New Roxy is an empty lot which was the location of the
original New Roxy, which closed in 1953 and later burned down.

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SCookeSign2.jpg (43798 bytes)The Sam Cooke MS Blues Trail marker was dedicated on August 7, 2009 in front of the New Roxy.  A "Remembering Sam" panel was held at Ground Zero and the Cooke Family made appearances on the Main Festival Stage on Saturday August 8, 2009.  Sam and his family moved to Chicago in the early 1930's, however Sam returned to perform at Higgins High School , Geo Oliver School, and 1st Baptist Church.  Representing the Cooke Family at the ceremonies were L C Cooke-brother, Gwen Green-niece, Toni Cooke-niece, Eric Green-nephew and Eric's wife Augustine.  Earlier in 2009, on April 4, 2009 a Walk of Fame marker was installed in the sidewalk on Issaquenna Avenue.


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