Like a phoenix from the ashes, the Roxy will rise again


By Fawnda Mithrush

While there's not a lot of feel-good news coming from the arts scene these days, Theatre Network excitedly announced that the main work on the exterior of the new Roxy building on 124 Street is complete and that the building's interior should be ready to go later this year. 

The sixth anniversary of the devastating fire that destroyed the original Roxy was Jan. 13. The building was constructed as a movie theatre in 1938, and re-purposed for live performances in 1989.  

The "Godzilla" crane hovers over the new Roxy Theatre on 124 Street.
(Theatre Network)

The "Godzilla" crane hovers over the new Roxy Theatre on 124 Street. (Theatre Network)

While COVID-19 has shuttered venues and performance plans, construction on local projects has been allowed to continue, keeping the Roxy build on track to open in November.

Another of Edmonton's river valley gems, the Muttart Conservatory, is also set to open after extensive renovations as soon as pandemic protocols allow.