Rose Theatre

3034 Rose Street,
Franklin Park, IL 60131

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Opened on December 25, 1948, the Rose Theatre was one of a number of theaters built in the Quonset Hut-style. It was built and designed by Fairfield Enterprises, Inc. of Chicago, under the supervision of their chief engineer T.J. Theodore. The material used in the construction of the auditorium was aluminium.

A modest neighborhood house, the Rose Theatre (later renamed the Village Cinema) closed in 1981 and was subsequently demolished.

Contributed by Paul Neeley

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

MovieMan26 on February 5, 2004 at 6:11 am

Dose anybody know what was the last movie shown at the rose?…I would like to know.

Szyd on January 27, 2005 at 2:56 pm

Aaron in the seveties the Rose screened adult movies if my memory is correct.

lafalot55 on February 27, 2007 at 7:54 pm

I lived in Schiller Park. Went to the Rose often. Saw House On Haunted Hill and Premature Burial there as a teen. Carol Ries

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 15, 2008 at 2:59 am

In 1955 the Rose Theater had 600 seats.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 13, 2009 at 1:11 am

The opening date of 1941 currently given is wrong. The Rose had recently opened when it was featured in the April 2, 1949, issue of Boxoffice Magazine. The all aluminum pre-fab metal building was built by the Reynolds Metal Company, and adapted for theater use by Fairfield Enterprises Inc., designers and builders. The 600-seat house was built for $60 a seat, compared to a cost of $150 to $200 a seat for conventional theater construction at the time.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 13, 2009 at 1:32 am

Makes sense to me Joe. The Rose is not listed in 1945. It is listed in 1950 with no seat count given. In 1955 the seating was 600 as I already posted last November.

zas650 on July 10, 2012 at 10:16 pm

What was the last movie shown before they closed the theater for good? just want to know….

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