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Roy B
966 Early Maxwell Boulevard
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Round 2!

the project

The Mid-South Coliseum, a gorgeous and robust mid-century modern arena in the center of Memphis, has sat empty for nearly 10 years. Despite a storied past that includes Elvis, James Brown, Jerry Lawler, Andy Kaufman, Larry Finch, Ronnie Robinson and the Beatles, despite a beautiful profile, and despite a boundless future, it's at risk of being demolished.

Roundhouse Revival will previtalize -- celebrate -- the great building with a daylong community party. Roundhouse Revival will celebrate the building with music, basketball and wrestling, and it will spark the imagination of the citizens of Memphis to the future possibilities of this historic and beautiful building.

the steps

We will have a daylong party at the Coliseum on Saturday, May 23, that introduces (and re-introduces) Memphians to this awesome building.

why we're doing it

We want to create and recreate community connections to this building that will save it from further neglect and possible demolition and set the stage for reuse.



DISBURSEMENT BUDGET (as of 4/20/15):

RAISED = 6264.00
ioby Platform Fee  35.00
3rd Party Payment Processing Fee (3%) 181.43

Extra funds applied to:

- $150 to the graphics budget
- Remainder applied to the security budget



Site Rental/Preparation, $2192.00

Entertainment, $1250.00

Security/EMT $512.00

Food/Beverage $400.00

Publicity/Marketing, $200.00

Event Preparation (signage/decoration/etc.), $500.00

Contingency (10%), $505.40


SUBTOTAL = $5,559
ioby Platform Fee  $35
3rd Party Payment Processing Fee (3%) $167



Round 2!

Thanks to your generosity the Roundhouse Revival on May 23rd was a huge success. The tide has begun turning away from demolition and towards reopening the great Mid-South Coliseum.


To help push that tide a little harder and faster, we've decided to throw a Round 2 on Sunday, October 4 from 1 to 7 p.m., again on the grounds of the Mid-South Coliseum. And we need your help. We've started a new IOBY campaign at to make up the difference between the funds we have and the total budget of Round 2.


Like Round 2 we'll have great wrestling, music, basketball, vendors, food trucks and beer. We've also ramped up things for kids, including clowns, pirates, face painting and a kids zone. The Coliseum is a building of the future and we think it's important to include the people who will be enjoying for generations to come.


So help us drop kick, once and for all, ideas about destroying the Coliseum, the once and future entertainment capital of the Mid-South. 


Give today!



(photo by Frank Chin at the Roundhouse Revival Round 1)

Thank you!


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


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