Rodgers Theatre

119 W. Vienna Street,
Anna, IL 62906

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Rodgers Theatre

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This theatre was built by I.W. Rodgers on the site of his Lyric Theatre on Vienna Street, and opened in February in 1938. The Art Moderne style Rodgers could originally seat nearly 800.

It closed in 1998 and despite attempts to save the Rodgers Theatre, it was demolished in April 2006.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Patsy
Patsy on January 29, 2006 at 1:50 pm

Kurt: CT only lists 3 Rodgers Theatres and besides the Rodgers in Illinois and the one listed in MO there is one listed in Corning California. Could this one be a Issac Rodgers theatre even though you didn’t include CA as one of the States “between IL, MO, and KY”.

Patsy
Patsy on February 1, 2006 at 4:47 am

Kurt: I plan to write the Mayor of Anna, Steve Hartline a letter in support of saving the Rodgers Theatre and I hope that many other fellow CT members and especially those who are in the Anna Illinois area will do the same as the Mayor’s address can be found on your June 29, 2005 post. Thank you as your support could possibly make the difference between a bad decision and a good decision.

melders
melders on March 14, 2006 at 7:38 pm

The paper recently said demolition work will start soon on this theater. I just wish that they will save the buildings marquee.

melders
melders on April 15, 2006 at 7:12 pm

The theater was finally demolished this past week.

Patsy
Patsy on April 16, 2006 at 3:39 am

As I scrolled down to read the latest post on this theatre I feared what I would read. So very very sad and so today’s youth will continue to go to the malls and multiplexes of their generation.

bodkin6071
bodkin6071 on June 5, 2008 at 11:35 am

Bought by the Kerasotes chain sometime in the late 1960’s. Kerasotes closed the Rodgers July 31, 1980 on account of slumping business.

Patsy
Patsy on June 14, 2008 at 9:14 am

“despite attempts to save”…famous last words.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 19, 2010 at 10:44 am

Nice pictures Chuck.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 20, 2012 at 7:31 pm

The Rodgers Theatre opened in February, 1938, according to the 1954 book 100 Years of Progress: The Centennial History of Anna, Illinois.

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