roxian theatre : mckees rocks, pa

early 20th century charm with a little rock n’ roll

Client: McKees Rocks Partners, LLC

Revival of the Roxian Theatre as a live music venue establishes McKees Rocks as a destination for arts and entertainment. The project skillfully blends restoration of the architectural splendor of this former vaudeville theatre — a community landmark that sat vacant for 16 years — with cool contemporary finishes, industrial details, new amenities, and state-of-the-art sound and lighting that complete the rock and roll vibe.

To attract national acts who’ve bypassed Pittsburgh, green rooms and an enlarged stage were integrated into the existing fabric of the theater. The house, likewise, has been outfitted with amenities including standing/sitting options on three levels for 1,470 patrons, and spacious bars at each level.

Since it opened in May 2019, the Roxian revitalization is deepening connections among residents, welcoming thousands of new visitors each week, and catalyzing economic opportunity along this important commercial corridor as an integral part of the broader revitalization of McKees Rocks.


32,000 sf (1,470 seat capacity)

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AIA Pittsburgh 2019 Design Awards, Certificate of Merit for Building Architecture, Medium Scale

ULI Pittsburgh 2019 Catalytic Place Award

PA SHPO 2019 Community Initiative Award

Pennsylvania Historic Preservation 2022 Construction (Rehabilitation) Award


Structural Engineering

Gateway Engineers

Civil Engineering

CJL Engineering


Lyco Construction


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