Rodgers Theatre

111 E. 3rd Street,
Caruthersville, MO 63830

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The Liberty Theatre was opened prior to 1915 and had 600 seats. It was renamed Rodgers Theatre around 1938, still with a 600-seat capacity and was still open in 1955 when the seating capacity had increased to 798. The building is in use as the University of Missouri Extension today.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 26, 2014 at 12:58 pm

The Liberty Theatre in Caruthersville was mentioned in the May 20, 1915, edition of the Hayti, Missouri Herald. The paper also mentioned a Dixie Theatre in Caruthersville.

The March 4, 1922, edition of The Southeast Missourian newspaper of Cape Girardeau had an ad marking the 10th anniversary of Paramount Pictures with listings of movies scheduled to appear that month at twelve theaters in the region, and the Liberty Theatre at Caruthersville was among them.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 26, 2014 at 1:03 pm

I suspect that the theater name should be spelled Rodgers rather than Rogers. This history on the web site of the Rodgers Theatre in Poplar Bluff mentions that I. W. Rodgers operated a theater in Caruthersville. It was probably this house.

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