The Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip in LA
The Roxy Theatre, usually referred to simply as The Roxy, is an LA live music legend on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood.
The Roxy Theatre continues to host an eclectic array of acts from rock n' roll and heavy metal to cabaret, comedy and theatre. Check their calendar online for upcoming shows.
Most shows at the Roxy are all ages, but children won't be allowed in without ear protection.
Parking for the Roxy
Limited valet parking is available between The Roxy & The Rainbow Bar and Grill.
Parking is also available at:
- 9000 Sunset Blvd. (directly across the street)
- 8981 Sunset Blvd.
- 9022 Sunset Blvd. (Next to Shamrock Tattoo)
The main room is a dance floor/standing room facing the stage that's set in the corner with tiered booths stage right and the full service bar stage left.
On the Rox, which has a separate entrance and stairway, is a narrow room with a small stage at one end, a DJ booth, a bar along one long wall, comfy sofas and chairs along the other wall with a few cocktail tables and chairs in between.
History of the Roxy
Opened by Lou Adler and Elmer Valentine with partners David Geffen, Elliot Roberts and Peter Asher in 1973, the club is still owned by Adler and his son Nic, who now manages the club.
When the club opened in 1973, Neil Young and his then band the short-lived Santa Monica Flyers played for the first week. Peter Gabriel and Genesis also played a run that year. Like other clubs on the Strip, the Roxy's history is the history of rock n' roll in America. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played there in 1975. Miles Davis, Jane’s Addiction, and Pearl Jam made their mark. Guns N' Roses played the Roxy before they ever had a record deal.
The acoustics that make it LA's favorite live music venue also make it a favorite venue for recording live music, as demonstrated by the many albums and cuts recorded here. Bruce Springsteen, Frank Zappa, Warren Zevon, Bob Marley, and Social Distortion are a few of the performers who have released recordings "live from The Roxy." Fuse TV broadcast a live performance of the Red Hot Chili Peppers that they taped at The Roxy in 2011.
In addition to the line-up of world-class rockers, The Roxy brought the original stage version of the Rocky Horror Show to the US in 1974 before it was made into a movie. Paul Reubens' Pee-wee Herman character first appeared in a comedy review at the Roxy.
On the Rox, the upstairs bar above the main club, has hosted many illustrious celebrity bashes. John Belushi is reported to have partied here on the night of his fatal overdose. These days, On the Rox is as likely to be hosting more mellow acoustic sets as private rocker parties.
The Main Room at The Roxy
A concert in the main room downstairs at The Roxy is standing room only.
All Ages at The Roxy
The Roxy is an all ages music venue, but if you're planning to bring the kids, make sure you have ear protection. It's not only critical to protect your child's hearing, but they won't let you in without them.
On the Rox
On the Rox is the upstairs bar above The Roxy. They present more acoustic acts and have seating.