Rodgers Theatre

111 E. 3rd Street,
Caruthersville, MO 63830

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Rodgers Theatre

The Exchange Theatre was opened October 16, 1916 with Lilian Gish in “"Sold for Marriage”. It was renamed Liberty Theatre on March 1, 1918 and had 600 seats. It was renamed Rodgers Theatre on November 1, 1917, still with a 600-seat capacity. It closed on January 29, 1956 with Ray Milland in “A Man Alone”. The seating capacity had been 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.

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on November 7, 2018 at 10:38 am

This venue opened as the Exchange Theatre on October 16, 1916 with Lillian Gish in “Sold for Marriage.” The architect was M. E. Worcester of Cape Girardeau, Mo. It was renamed during World War I as the more patriotic Liberty Theatre beginning on March 1, 1918. In 1927, the pipe organ from the Rodgers Circuit’s Carbondale, Illinois location was brought to the Liberty.

On November 1, 1937, the Liberty was renamed as the Rodgers Theatre. Rodgers had shut down the Bijou Theatre the prior day. In October of 1954, the Rodgers converted to widescreen for showing CinemaScope productions.

The last film show at the Rodgers Theatre was on January 29, 1956 with Ray Milland in “A Man Alone.” An ad later in 1956 sold off the 770 theatre chairs from the Rodgers.

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