The Roxy Theatre: Celebrating 50 Years

The Roxy Theatre: Celebrating 50 Years

The Roxy Theatre has been a pillar of the Sunset Strip music scene since opening its doors in 1973. It’s been the stage for history-making shows, from the legendary opening-night performance by Neil Young to the recording of Bob Marley’s Live at the Roxy in 1976. It’s been a hangout for celebs like John Lennon and Jack Nicholson. And it’s been an incubator for some of the most groundbreaking theater and comedy of the last 50 years, from the original U.S. run of The Rocky Horror Show to the first taped performance of The Pee-wee Herman Show for HBO in 1981.

Fifty years later, the Roxy still rocks! Starting this September, the club celebrates 50 years with a packed schedule of performances, as well as events happening around L.A. Learn about the Roxy’s origins, browse upcoming events, and stay tuned for more happenings throughout 2023.

Explore the History of the Roxy Theatre

Exterior of the Roxy Theatre in the 1970s. Photo courtesy of Vintage Los Angeles.

The Roxy: A Legacy of Music and Nightlife

In 1973, Lou Adler, David Geffen and other West Coast music trailblazers transformed a Sunset Strip burlesque club into one of the premier music venues in L.A. Check out some of the greatest hits in the Roxy’s history.

Podcast: Nic Adler on Growing Up at the Roxy

The current owner of the Roxy — and the son of founder Lou Adler — visits The Creators Podcast to share memories of his formative years at the club.

Nic Adler at The Roxy

Roxy50 Schedule of Events

The Roxy has planned a special program of shows to celebrate its anniversary throughout the fall of 2023. True to its roots, the lineup features superstars like Neil Young — who will recapture the magic of the Roxy’s inaugural show on September 20, 1973 — alongside up-and-coming acts and performers who have played a role in the club’s storied history.

Here are just a few of the events coming up this fall:

9/17: Sunset & Vinyl Market Record Fair, 8 a.m.– 1 p.m. in the Roxy’s parking lot

9/20 & 9/21: Neil Young with Crazy Horse (SOLD OUT)

9/23: Wallows (SOLD OUT)

9/24: Stephen Marley: Old Soul/Tribute to Bob Marley Live at the Roxy ’76

9/29: Oracle Sisters

10/1: Paris Texas (SOLD OUT)

10/4: Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupil

10/12: Metric

10/14: Mae: 20th Anniversary of Destination Beautiful

10/18: Rickie Lee Jones

10/20: An Evening with Cirith Ungol (40th Anniversary of Live at Roxy album)

10/24: An Evening with Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives

11/6: Unknown Mortal Orchestra with Amulets

11/9: Midwxst with Casper Sage

11/10: Saint Levant

11/30: Dillon Francis

Check out the full calendar of events at

Kedr Livanskiy (Yana Kedrina) performing at The Roxy in 2018.
Kedr Livanskiy (Yana Kedrina) performing at The Roxy in 2018.

The ROXY: 50 and Still Rockin’ Exhibit

The GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live is honoring the Roxy with a new exhibit, The ROXY: 50 and Still Rockin’, from September 18 through January 7, 2024. The exhibit features photos of performances and celebrities in attendance at the Roxy, historical memorabilia from Lou Adler’s archives, and an original documentary featuring Adler, his sons, and other figures from the Sunset Strip music scene.

Learn more about the exhibit here.

Visiting the Roxy Theatre

The Roxy Theatre is located at 9009 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

(310) 278-9457

Admission varies by show. The Roxy is an all-ages venue.

Parking Information

A valet parking lot is located between the Roxy and the Rainbow Bar & Grill, and costs $7–10. There is a parking garage across the street from the venue that costs $5–7, as well as other options up and down Sunset Boulevard. Street parking is metered 24 hours a day.

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