363 Issaquena Avenue
Clarksdale, Mississippi's NEW ROXY is a former theater. It replaced the older Roxy Theater in the late 1940s in the New World District, just across the railroad tracks for the rest of downtown. For decades, this district (once called the "Beale Street of Clarksdale") served the town's African American population with stores, clubs, restaurants, etc. Acts such as Muddy Waters, Ike Turner and Sam Cooke are said to have performed at the New Roxy prior to it becoming a full-time movie theater. In 2008, a Seattle-based merchant marine named Robin Colonas took over the unwanted, collapsing property. After a decade of work, the New Roxy is again open for business. The front (smaller lobby) section is now a weather-proof bar and stage area; the back (larger theater) section is now a largely open-air performance venue with a sloping concrete floor, distressed brick walls, covered stage and open rooftop. The New Roxy is an annual venue for festivals like Juke Joint Festival, Deep Blues Festival and Clarksdale Film Festival. It is available to rent for special events. 363 Issaquena Ave. www.newroxy.com.