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The Roxie, along with other beloved San Francisco movie houses, is making a comeback

In March 2020, film theaters across the globe shuttered as the COVID-19 pandemic spread in earnest. In an effort to adapt, many independent theaters transitioned to a virtual screening model. “Surprisingly, even though our theater was closed for most of 2020, it was still an extremely busy year for The Roxie,” says Lex Sloan, executive director of the historic Roxie Theater. “Within two weeks of shutting down, we opened Roxie Virtual Cinema and began programming a dynamic slate of films as a way to continue to engage with our audiences.” By the end of 2020, The Roxie had screened more than 200 virtual titles and hosted 30 artists and filmmakers in conversation.