As the Braves’ new digs begin to take shape, fans will be eager to learn which restaurants, shops and entertainment centers will be chosen to surround the ballpark. On Thursday, the franchise made a special announcement that a famed Atlanta venue will be revived right next to the stadium.
The old Roxy Theatre, which was built in 1926 and demolished in 1972 at the current site of the downtown Westin, will be brought back by the Braves and Live Nation at SunTrust Park, according to a news release by the team.
The old theatre was used to screen movies, but the SunTrust Park Roxy will be 53,000 square feet of space used for some 40 music and comedy shows per year, the franchise announced. Most of those shows will not be held on Braves game days.
“We want to bring fans and visitors to this new community 365 days a year for a variety of events, and partnering with the nation’s preeminent live entertainment company in Live Nation guarantees excitement year round,” Mike Plant, Braves executive vice president of business operations, said in the release. “Peter Conlon and Live Nation have an incredible track record here in Atlanta managing top acts and putting on first-class events.”
Early in the process, Braves officials said they would be studying the best aspects of other Major League Baseball stadiums and would use those tidbits to build the finest multi-use facility in the sport. The decision to add the Roxy to the mix is eerily similar to the House of Blues Boston, a music venue located just outside the walls of Fenway Park.
Here’s a look at where the Roxy will be located:
Both images via Atlanta Braves