Rosna Theatre

628 W. 35th Street,
Norfolk, VA 23508

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STAR37LLC
STAR37LLC on September 22, 2017 at 2:22 pm

Hey Colgraff2008, any luck or progress on getting the theater going again?

Coffindan
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.

Cinerama
Cinerama on August 17, 2015 at 11:53 am

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

http://incinerama.com/rosna.htm

Colgraff2008
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.

Coate
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).

Michelemichaels430
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.

Local619
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..

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.

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 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

THIS IS CINERAMA

CINERAMA HOLIDAY and

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM

played.

I know

HOW THE WEST WAS WON 1963 and

THE HALLELUAJAH TRAIL 1965

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).

bufffilmbuff
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.

MPM
MPM on December 26, 2009 at 6:43 pm

Looking at black and white, the address next door reads 626. Trying to download pictures but the photo site is down.

MPM
MPM on November 17, 2009 at 8:38 am

Just happened to stumble on this site. My dad managed the Rosna, Memrose, Riverview and few of the others for about 18 years. I do have a few black and whites of the theatre, including one of Mr Levine’s mother and father in the lobby. My mom used to make the ushers and staff costumes for some of the shows. Pictures of those also. Thanks for letting me share.

bufffilmbuff
bufffilmbuff on March 4, 2009 at 9:31 am

Bob—–

I don’t think Norfolk got that much snow, but in Richmond we had close to ten inches in places. As for the Rosna, that area is still not that great, not a place I think you’d be able to convince people to come even during the day, much less at night. It is a nice dream though…. wish it could happen.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on March 4, 2009 at 9:16 am

Jeff-That’s interesting, boy would I love to get inside that building and do some exploring. Why don’t you just buy it and restore it as the CINERAMA Theater it was at one time. The closest CINERAMA is either on the west coast or Great Britian, so Norfolk would be a great spot. I don’t know if you ever saw a CINERAMA movie at the ROSNA, put it was really something and the Levine’s really knew how to put on a show at both the Rosna, Riverview and all the other theaters they owned. Is that area around the theater getting any better as ODU gets closer and did you get any snow this week?

Homesick for Norfolk, from Manteno, Illinois

Ret. Navy Chief Bob Jensen

jeffconn
jeffconn on March 4, 2009 at 8:46 am

The ROSNA is for sale. A cloth sign is draped over the marquee saying:

“AVAILABLE
TO BE RENOVATED
700 SEAT HISTORIC THEATER
630-2342 773-2338
ALL BROKERS PROTECTED”

That’s area code 757 if anyone is interested. One of the storefronts in the building is occupied by a restaurant.

JGKlein
JGKlein on August 2, 2008 at 11:56 am

TRIVIA ITEM The name of this theater was derived from the first names of the owners, Nathan and Rose Levine. Many of the names of Levine Theaters in Norfolk were coined from first names of the Levines and their children. Naro, Memrose, and Rosele Theaters are other examples.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on March 23, 2008 at 5:10 pm

ADDRESS SHOULD BE: 636 WEST 35TH STREET.

On June 19, 1968, the roadshow version, in 6-TRACK STEREO SOUND and in SUPER PANAVISION, 70mm “CINERAMA”, “2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY” opened at this theater.

“Always have an attitude of curiosity, learning, and wonder and spend time with children.” Arthur C. Clarke 1917-2008 Author of “2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY”

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on March 18, 2008 at 3:32 pm

ALSO CALLED, ROSNA CINERAMA

“How the West Was Won” in 3-strip CINERAMA, played for 19 weeks starting June 20, 1963.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, This is CINERAMA!” Lowell Thomas, September 30, 1952

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on September 9, 2006 at 1:05 pm

That works! Click on MAP, change the address to 636, click on SEARCH MAPS, click on SATELLITE or HYBRID, enlarge as much as possible and the top of the arrow is on the auditorium of the NEWPORT theatre. The ROSNA theatre is to the left. The V that sticks out of the building over the sidewalk is the marquee.

bufffilmbuff
bufffilmbuff on September 9, 2006 at 5:48 am

Ditto to that request for the article about Norfolk movie theatres.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on September 9, 2006 at 3:13 am

LOST MEMORY, Thanks so much for filling in some of the information for the Rosna, Memrose, and Rosele Theatres. Two framed photos of a man and lady hung over the doors between the lobby and auditorium of each LEVINE theatre. I would guess the photos were taken in the 1930’s. If I remember right the man was mostly bald and had a mustache the lady had waves set in her hair (I’d ask my wife what that’s called, but she’s still asleep) and ladies don’t wear that style hair now. After wondering all these years who they were and how the names of these theatres came from, thanks to you I now know, Nathan and Rose LEVINE. You must have got your information from an article about movie theatres in Norfolk from THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT March 15, 1995. I would love to read that article. I’m near Chicago, any suggestions on how I can beg, borrow or steal a copy of that article? Thanks!

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on September 8, 2006 at 3:03 pm

Something is wrong with this address! It has the same address as the Newport Theatre and they sure are two different theatres. The Rosna is now the St Andrews Temple which has an address of 616 W 35th Street. If I remember right, the Newport Theatre was around the corner on the same block, so it’s entrance would have faced Newport Avenue, hence it’s name NEWPORT.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on September 5, 2006 at 5:22 pm

LEVINE THEATRICAL ENTERPRISES is the chain for this theatre.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on February 2, 2004 at 6:51 am

Yes I know “Zorba the Greek” was not a 70MM release, something got messed up in editing. It was just a little 35MM, non widescreen black and white film. If I remember right they only used as much of the screen as was used in Lowel Thomas’s intro to “This Is Cinerama”.