Rogers Theatre

835 Broadway,
Brooklyn, NY 11206

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Cougar
Cougar on November 23, 2007 at 12:46 pm

Dubya,

If you’re my cousin Hy, I lost your e-mail address when my hard disk failed a few weeks ago. The only other cousin I know of who would have been old enough to work there during that time period was Sid.

Dubya
Dubya on November 23, 2007 at 12:34 pm

Joe,

What did you think of Allen Rocky Lane?

Yes, we did have two cats to catch the mice.

Dubya
Dubya on November 23, 2007 at 12:31 pm

Cougar,

Phil and Jack were my uncles as well, so we must be cousins. If you can figure out who I am, you have my e-mail address.

sasheegm
sasheegm on November 23, 2007 at 12:25 pm

Dubya" I loved the old Rogers-=———-It was my favorite Saturday Afternoon theater, especially when there was Yhe Durango Kid westerns showing————I went there from about 1947 until 1952 or so—————Didn’t you have sawdust on the floors and cats in the theater?————-I recall that very well, along with an Ice Cream Vendor———-Joe From Florida

Goodheart
Goodheart on November 23, 2007 at 11:41 am

Dubya, I went to the Rogers from around 1948 thru 1958 after which we moved from the neighborhood.
Do you know the exact year the Rogers closed their doors? And do you gents have a picture of the thrater to post here?

I have a picture circa 1965/66 that I hope to post here soon.

Joe

Cougar
Cougar on November 23, 2007 at 11:18 am

Dubya,

My uncles Phil & Jack owned the theater in the mid 1950s. Were they operating it when you worked there?

Dubya
Dubya on November 22, 2007 at 8:06 pm

Just to clarify my last post, we would change the pictures every two days, except Saturday, when we would run the films only that one day of the week.We went through 12 pictures a week. Depending on how new the picture was, we would pay $12.50 to rent a film up to $100 for better features. The reason they were that cheap was because we were a third-run movie house.

Dubya
Dubya on November 22, 2007 at 7:35 pm

I worked at the Rodgers from 146-1952 as an Assistant Manager. It was a family owned business. Except for Saturday, when we would run five cartoons, a serial and a featuer every Saturday, we would run three continuous movies from Sunday to Friday, which meant that we had to start movies in the middle to fit all of the movies in. That was a trade secret. :–)

If you have any questions about the theater, feel free to ask.

sasheegm
sasheegm on November 1, 2007 at 2:27 pm

To JoeB—-aka—-lovetheoldtheaters——————Besides myself, you don’t know how many folks were looking foward to seeing uour photo of the Rogers Theater——-Many are members of the BushwickBuddies.com website which also post here & at NYCSubway.Org———-Can I invite you to visit BushwickBuddies.com and check out the History & photo sections where we have been talking about the Rogers, Alba, Sun & all of your old favorite theaters besides our old neighborhood———I still have not lost hope that someway & someday you will be able to post or mail a copy of the photo to somebody who can post it here & at BushwickBuddies.com for all of us oldtimers to see once more———-Please reply——-Thanks JoeB————Joe From Florida

JoeS
JoeS on October 14, 2007 at 12:11 pm

Hi this is JoeS. In order to see the picture you have on photobucket,
first copy the address at the top of the browser that the picture
is on. Then start a new message on here and paste the addressinto
the new message. When the link address is clicked we will be able to
see it at photobucket.

Email me at above address if there is a problem.

Joe

sasheegm
sasheegm on October 14, 2007 at 11:41 am

To: lovetheoldtheaters—-Joe: Contact Joe Salvia direct and he will try to walk you through on how to post the photo——-e-mail him at ———-To do it through this website would clog up this Rogers Theater site——-Joe is OK and from our old neighborhood in Brooklyn——-He will be waiting for your e-mail——-Thanks again Joe———-JoeR

sasheegm
sasheegm on October 14, 2007 at 11:01 am

Thanks Joe: I have e-mailed JoeS, but he is either not home or busy with other things; but I am sure that one of the guys will reply and soon they will be able to help you———-I am completely PC illiterate, as all I know how to do is push buttons, or I would be very happy to help you—————Luckily I can still push buttons——-JoeR

Goodheart
Goodheart on October 14, 2007 at 10:24 am

Joe, I will sit tight, and finally we may have a picture of the Rogers Theater for all to see, especially for you.

Joe

sasheegm
sasheegm on October 14, 2007 at 10:17 am

Joe: Sit tight………I’ll contact JoeS who has done transfers for me, plus any of the regulars who see your message will reply———-It is Sunday so many of them are probablt out and about———Nobody wants to see it as much as I do, if you read my past posts———JoeR from Florida

Goodheart
Goodheart on October 14, 2007 at 8:50 am

OK, I got an account with Photobucket, now what do I do?
Can someone explain to me in layman’s terms how to post the photo of the Rogers Theater here on Cinema Treasures? Like step #1, step #2, step #3 etc.
I would appreciate it.

Joe

sasheegm
sasheegm on October 4, 2007 at 11:03 am

Tonino: Anything on the old Rogers theater would be appreciated———Joe From Florida

AntonyRoma
AntonyRoma on October 4, 2007 at 10:28 am

This post is to assure I get replies to this page.

sasheegm
sasheegm on October 4, 2007 at 9:20 am

To Joe—-lovetheoldtheaters: If you could manage to do that, it would be great, as I spent many happy times at that old place———Joe From Florida——-PS: If you cannot get it through, maybe you can make a copy & send it to Lost Memory and he can post it for all of us old guys who would love to see the old place again, just once!

Goodheart
Goodheart on October 4, 2007 at 8:32 am

Joe, if someone can explain to me in layman’s terms how to post a picture on here, I will be glad to do it since I have a nice photo of the Rogers Theater from 1965/66.

Joe

sasheegm
sasheegm on October 4, 2007 at 8:16 am

Would love to see a photo of this old Theater that was a mainstay in the Bushwick area of Brooklyn, NY for so many years——-All I can see is one at nycsubway.org of it’s facade above the Flushing Ave El station of the Broadway BMT……………Joe From Florida

sasheegm
sasheegm on March 4, 2006 at 4:09 am

Hello again Cougar: Well for me, I kind of outgrew the Rogers, since it was still going in the late 50s and 60s…….In my teen years, I discovered the 42nd street theaters in the mid 50s, like the Apollo and the Laugh House….In those days and before, you could go to 42nd. st between Broadway and 8th Ave and see just about any genre movie, as just about every house on that one block area showed movies of all types——Foreign & Domestic——-but from 1948 to 1953, the Rogers was my Fantasy Playhouse, watching The Durango Kid, Gene Autry, Rocky Lane and others……It was westerns that me and my childhood friends went there to see…….and when the screen lit up, and the first image of the Durango Kid appeared, the kids roared with their approval——I guess that western charcter was the first of the anti-hero, Heroes!…..Now I have most of those old films on dvd & video…….So I have been to both ends of the spectrum——From a 10 year old at the Rogers, now a 65 year old still watching the same Hero, only this time on a 65 inch TV…..Joe From Florida

Cougar
Cougar on March 3, 2006 at 7:41 pm

It is really great to read these recollections, since my memories of the theater are somewhat vague. The guy with the hook-like nose was probably my uncle, a very tall man who often took the tickets in the small lobby, tearing them in half and depositing half in an old receptacle. I’ve looked through my late father’s photos but can’t find any of the theater, which isn’t very surprising: I don’t think he really liked the theater business, and boasted that after he and his brothers sold the Rogers in the mid-1960s, he never set foot in another movie theater. Ironically, movies are one of the great passions of my life, especially when I can see them at a classic, single-screen movie theater.

sasheegm
sasheegm on March 3, 2006 at 4:21 pm

Joe: I cannot wait to see it….as I mentioned earlier, the last time I saw the old place it was boarded up….must have been late 60s, as I had driven my Mother & Wife to Manhattan Ave to buy Material….My Mother made custom wedding gowns, and used to go to Manhattan ave, where yu could get wholesale prices on everthing without having to go over the Williamsburg Bridge to Orchard St…..and I walked up to Bway, and saw the place….It was sad, as i remember having a great time there as a kid, before TV killed the small theaters—-and many big ones too——-joeR

sasheegm
sasheegm on March 3, 2006 at 4:21 pm

Joe: I cannot wait to see it….as I mentioned earlier, the last time I saw the old place it was boarded up….must have been late 60s, as I had driven my Mother & Wife to Manhattan Ave to buy Material….My Mother made custom wedding gowns, and used to go to Manhattan ave, where yu could get wholesale prices on everthing without having to go over the Williamsburg Bridge to Orchard St…..and I walked up to Bway, and saw the place….It was sad, as i remember having a great time there as a kid, before TV killed the small theaters—-and many big ones too——-joeR

Goodheart
Goodheart on March 3, 2006 at 4:04 pm

When I lived on Stockton St. I practically lived in the Rogers Theatre. I recall the boxoffice to the left-facing of the theatre and coming attractions posters above the front doors. It had the old wooden seats, which didn’t seem to matter, since the price of admission was reasonable.
I also use to take an elderly woman in a wheelchair to see a movie there once in a while. I parked her to the right of the theatre behind a seat in the gap where the fire exit doors were. I recall at times when those doors were pushed open and kids would run in for free, causing the sunlight to lighten up the place. Nobody ever moved from their seats, except the person that would get up close the doors.

I saw a great many good to outstanding films at the Rogers, but must admit I was thrown out of the theatre one Easter Sunday. Appropriately “Easter Parade” was playing and I got into a hassle with a wise guy (not my fault) who happened to be related to the owner (a gent with a hook-like nose) and he had me thrown out (the first and only time ever).

I have a nice color snapshot of the theatre circa 1965 when it was already closed. It is on a corner and the marquee is in great shape with the front of the place boarded up. You can also see the El.
After I learn how to post the picture I will definately put it on Cinema Treasures, for all to see.
I took the picture, a few years after we moved from the neighborhood, to send to my brother in Viet Nam, since he and I usually went to the Rogers together. He couldn’t believe it was closed up.
In any event the Rogers Theatre holds a lot of fond memories for me and I was sorry to see it go.

JoeB

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