425 Chartiers Avenue
McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania 15136
The Grand Opening of the Roxian Theatre comes 90 years after the vaudeville-era theater’s original opening in 1929.
Local entrepreneur, John Pergal, and other McKees Rocks partners recognized that restoring the Roxian would lead to a significant transformation of the McKees Rocks business corridor, yes, but the impact of this preserved piece of history will lead to so much more. Locally, the venue will spark further economic and community development through the creation of jobs, revenue for Chartiers Avenue businesses, and will revive the cultural communities North of the city. Regionally, the venue will provide a space for musical acts who would previously bypass the Pittsburgh market. With a capacity of 1400, Roxian Theatre will satiate the need for another venue in the 800-1,500 seat range, therefore enhancing the already vibrant music, arts, and entertainment culture of our city and surrounding areas.
The persistence and support of many local players and investors has made possible the dream of many, reviving this crucial piece of Pittsburgh history. Here’s what you can expect from the new space: Among the extensive renovations, you will find an overhaul of design elements, extensive structural upgrades, and an overall expansion of the space.
“The Roxian was designed for live entertainment,” Mr. Pergal said. “It has great sight lines, great acoustics and is a very warm room. With general admission for 1,000 people on the ground level and 500 in the balcony and VIP, that’s going to allow us to do some really cool things.” – Pittsburgh Post Gazette, January 2018
1929: The venue opened as a 1,500-seat vaudeville playhouse called, “The Roxian”.
1931-1979: Films were incorporated into the business model, and continued through the remainder of the theater’s 80-year history.
1980: The Roxian re-opened as The Emerald Room, a banquet hall boasting a stage, dance floor, two bards, offices, and a balcony.
2003: The Emerald Room closes its doors after 23 years of entertainment.
2004: McKees Rocks CDC is formed, with the revitalization of the vaudeville-era theater poised as their first project.
2007-2011: Funds from PA DCED and Allegheny County DED were used in the reclamation of the original entryway layout, structural stabilization, installation of the flood control system, and overall building purchase.
2011: McKees Rocks CDC takes ownership, fully expecting The Roxian project to serve as a cornerstone of the group’s downtown McKees Rocks revitalization efforts.
2012-2017: Creation of a public-private partnership with the intention of filling a void in the Pittsburgh market for a mid-size concert venue commences. Building stabilization, architectural, and engineering work occurs.
2017: McKees Rocks partners purchase The Roxian property and begins construction on the $9 million community revival project.
2019: Construction is completed. The newly renovated Roxian Theatre opens with much fan-fare, including a Grand Opening show with three-time Grammy Award-winning jazz fusion act, Snarky Puppy, on May 15th.