Venue Guide: Roxian Theatre | Venue Guides | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper
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Heading to a venue for the first time can be anxiety-inducing or at the very least cause inconveniences. Where’s will call? Is there parking? Will you have to hide your expensive bag behind a tree because it’s too big to pass security?

Pittsburgh City Paper wants to help make attending shows as comfortable as possible. So, welcome to our venue guide, where you can find out what to wear, where to smoke, and everything in between. CP will detail the ins and outs of venues in Pittsburgh, so you can fully enjoy the experience and not worry about little nuisances like not knowing the bar was cash-only.

It's a good time for live music in Pittsburgh. This spring and summer will see a number of new and reopened music venues and the first, Roxian Theatre in McKees Rocks, finally opened its doors last week. It debuted nearly a century ago as a movie theater and went through numerous iterations and names before closing in 2003. The space was later purchased and renovated by Roxian Live LLC and after two years of construction, Roxian finally debuted its new venue with a pair of free shows from the New Mastersounds on May 9 and 10.

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Roxian Live LLC, made up of John and Ami Pergal and other McKees Rocks partners, opened the Roxian Theatre (and Thunderbird Café and Music Hall) hoping to “enhance the live-music culture of Pittsburgh” and “provide homes for touring acts that would otherwise pass through the city,” according to their website. The venue was built with both artists and patrons in mind.

“Yeah, this venue is a big venue, and it’s a new venue, but it’s absolutely still homegrown,” says Alex Neal, box office manager and publicist. “It’s grassroots, regardless of how big it is, or how much money they spent on it. The people working here are music industry professionals from the area. It’s as legitimate as a corporate company, but it’s very much a family, especially among the staff in the short time we’ve been working together. I hope that people feel that when they come in.”

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  • Non-smoking venue (this includes vapes)
  • Smoking is allowed out front, and reentry is permitted

Food & Beverage:

  • Three full-size bars (one in VIP, not publicly accessible)
  • The second bar is located on floor 2R
  • Cash, credit, and debit are accepted
    20 drafts at each bar
  • TV menus on sides of bar detail draft list
  • Official Untappd location
  • No kitchen, but for certain shows a food truck park will be available next door.
  • Prices are mid-range, more than a dive, $5-6 for a domestic beer, $4-5 for a well drink
  • Bar opens an hour before the show and closes when the show ends
  • ATM available on site
  • Nearby food venues
  • Eat n’ Park
  • Rocks Landing Bar & Grille
  • Gavino’s Pizzeria
  • Suds & Subs

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  • One set located ground floor
  • One set on the balcony level
  • Elevators can take you to either set of bathrooms
  • Both sets of bathrooms have ADA accessible stalls
  • Family restroom located on ground floor
  • Ground floor bathrooms:
  • Women’s 15 stalls
  • Men’s 7 stalls, 6 urinals
  • Balcony level bathroom (in the elevator located on floor 2):
  • Men’s, two bathrooms on either side of the floor, 3 urinals and 2 stalls
  • Women’s 10 stalls

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Age Restrictions:

  • Mostly all-ages, but depends on show


  • Capacity: 1,400
  • VIP holds 60 people standing
  • Main floor, mostly General Admission standing room
  • Balcony, reserved seating
  • Sometimes there will be fully seated shows (even pit)


  • Parking lot behind venue
  • Paid street parking on Chartiers Ave (Free after 6 p.m.)
  • Uber and Lyft can drop off/pick up in front
  • 20, 21, and 24 buses get within walking distance

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  • Attendees will be waved with a security wand upon entrance
  • McKees Rocks Police Officers will be set up outside of the venue during shows
  • House security
  • At the end of the night, house security will walk patrons out to make sure everyone gets where there need to be
  • Standard bag policy: small, wallet-sized purses are fine, larger bags (i.e. backpacks) are not allowed


  • Box office is located outside, in front of the venue

Tickets can be purchased online, at the box office during an event (if not sold out) or at the following outlets:

  • Culture Shop (South Side)
  • Dave’s Music Mine (South Side)
  • Government Center (North Side)
  • Hollowood Music & Sound (McKees Rocks)
  • Will call available, pick up tickets at front box office


  • 100 percent ADA compliant
  • Elevator located on the main floor to the right of the stairs
  • Four stairs lead to the main level, an elevator can take visitors to the top of those stairs, as well as to the ground floor and balcony
  • Floor on either side of the sound booths are sectioned off spaces for ADA patrons and companions
  • Ramp leading into pit
  • ADA accessibility handout will be available, which breaks down what’s what and who to talk to for assistance
  • Box office workers can always assist
  • Email with the event you would like to attend and details of the accommodations you require

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