Rosna Theatre

628 W. 35th Street,
Norfolk, VA 23508

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Built in the 1930’s, the Rosna Theatre was converted for Cinerama in the 1960’s and showed 3-strip and then 70mm Cinerama films. Later on they would show other 70mm films such as “My Fair Lady” and popular films such as “Zorba The Greek”. In later years, the Rosna Theatre was converted into a church.

Contributed by Bob Jensen

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bufffilmbuff on December 26, 2009 at 8:02 pm

Hope you will be able to post your pix somewhere on the web. There is also a site called Cinema Tour that perhaps might be able to accomodate you. I know I would love to see the pix having been to the Memrose, the Riverview, and the Rosele, though not the Rosna when I was a kid. Good luck.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on February 13, 2010 at 6:57 am

The Rosna started out with 3-strip CINERAMA on October 18, 1961. It showed 70mm CINERAMA (and 3-strip) starting July 8, 1964.

I don’t know all the CINERAMA Films shown at the Rosna, but I know





I know



played for sure because I know I saw both of them at the Rosna (I probably saw other CINERAMA Movies, but don’t remember for sure).

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on March 17, 2010 at 7:47 pm

The Rosna opened as a CINERAMA Theater on Wednesday,
October 18, 1961.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on April 4, 2010 at 12:59 pm

The CINERAMA Roadshow Engagement of Stanley Kramer’s classic comedy, IT’S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD opened on August 7, 1964. This was the first single film, single lens projection CINERAMA movie to be shown at the Rosna. All previous CINERAMA films had required 3 films and 3 projectors.

Local619 on November 4, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Saw This is Cinerama there in the Spring of 1962.. The Rosna was just around the corner from the late Newport Theatre (saw several Disney movies at the Newport..

Michelemichaels430 on November 22, 2014 at 12:35 pm

I can’t believe Stanley Kubrick’s classic sci fi 2001: A Space Odyssey wasn’t mentioned here. I saw it in CINERAMA at this ROSNA in 1968 and it was magnificent. The theater was sold out and the audience mesmerized. A great theater experience. One I will never forget. So sad to see it shut down.

Coate on November 22, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Michelemichaels430…. “2001: A Space Odyssey” has indeed been mentioned “here” both in a comment posted on March 18, 2008 and in a related article linked under News About This Theater (located on the right margin of this page underneath the map and nearby theaters).

Colgraff2008 on April 18, 2015 at 7:19 pm

Hopefully I haven’t missed the bus here, but is there any chance I could get ahold of some old pictures of this beautiful theater? I’m trying to put together a project to hopefully re-open the theater, and being able to demonstrate its former glory would go a long way.

Cinerama on August 17, 2015 at 11:53 am

I have pictures of two Cinerama movies posters for the Rosna:

Coffindan on August 23, 2016 at 11:17 am

Looks like the building is still standing. When were these pictures taken? The inside is HUGE! So sad to see it like this.

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