Rollamo Theater

210 W. 8th Street,
Rolla, MO 65401

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The Rolla-Mo Theatre was opened in August 1931 and was owned by the Lewis Circuit. In 1941 it was operated by Gasconade Theaters and the theatre was remodeled to the plans of Robert O. Boller of architectural firm Boller Brothers.

It was remodeled again in 1956, and was closed in the mid-1960’s

Contributed by Chief Jensen

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Chris1982
Chris1982 on September 5, 2014 at 12:58 am

Robert Boller was the architect for a remodel in 1941 for the Gasconade Theatre Co.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 2, 2018 at 2:51 am

This item is from the March 15, 1931, issue of The Film Daily:

“Rolla, Mo. — Construction bids have been received for the erection of the Rollamo here at an estimated cost of $75,000. Johnson & Mack of St. Louis are the architects.”
The July 30, 1931, issue of the Rolla Herald said that work on the theater was being rushed to have it open by August 5, but the August 6 issue of the paper carried no theater news or advertisements. Advertisements had appeared by August 16, however.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 2, 2018 at 3:19 pm

The principals of Johnson & Maack were Eugene S. Johnson and Albert C. Maack. The firm was founded in 1929 and became Johnson & Maack & Saunders in 1937.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 2, 2018 at 9:46 pm

The Rolla Preservation Alliance informs me that the Rollamo Theatre was at 210 W. 8th Street. The drastically altered building is still standing, and now houses a bank.

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