I moved to Atlanta in the the late 1990’s and by that point in time the old Roxy on Roswell Road was already one of the well-known concert venues in town. I’m still not sure how it was a decade later when I left the Atlanta area altogether I had never seen a show there. Oh sure, I was scheduled to see one band there but they had to cancel. For some reason, it just seemed like it wasn’t meant to be.
Just before I left Atlanta, I read that the Roxy had closed its venerable doors with plans to renovate. That area of Buckhead was becoming ever more upmarket and I guess it was just a sure thing the Roxy’s day had passed. I’ve since heard it’s been re-branded as the Buckhead Theater, which was actually its original name from its days as a movie theater in 1930’s Atlanta. As you can tell, the Roxy dripped with period Neo-Baroque architectural details. The recent pictures I’ve seen of it suggest it has shed the colorful marquee and most of the accents of the Roxy of my memories.
Creating this photo-based artwork for this print was a bit of a labor of love. Even though I never went to the Roxy, it still reminds me of those first years out of college living inside the perimeter in Atlanta.
Ah, nostalgia! They say that you can’t go back but you can sure remember the past through rose-tinted glasses!
How about you? Did you haunt the old Roxy in its days as a music venue? Or maybe you arrived here because you have a yen for classic old movie theaters? Whether or not you’ve walked Roswell Road, there’s definitely a colorful feel of Americana in this particular print.