Roseland Theatre

127 S. Locust Street,
Pana, IL 62557

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Roseland Theatre

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This beautiful Art Moderne-style single-screen theater opened in 1941, as Tanner’s Roseland Theatre on Locust Street. It features a wonderful and colorful neon-lit marquee and rose-themed decor inside (Pana’s nickname is “City of Roses”). The theater, a highlight of the city, still screens first run movies on its large screen today.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 14, 2007 at 7:54 pm

In 1980, the Roseland was part of the Tanner Circuit, Herman Tanner president and GM. Mr. Tanner also ran the Tanner Drive-In in Pana at that time. There was another Tanner Drive-In in Vandalia, IL as well.

texas25th
texas25th on July 16, 2008 at 9:04 pm

Found this home video clip of the Bill Horton projectionist at the Roseland since the 1950’s still striking the carbons and running a change over booth.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFmtsSk_KDk

Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on March 26, 2009 at 5:57 am

Sadly, Bill Horton, the most recent owner of the theater passed away March 4th, 2009 after a battle with lung cancer. Mr. Horton owned the theater along with his wife, Selma. As of this date, the Century projectors, carbon arc lamphouses and 2k changeover system in the above youtube video are still being used. I have been told that the theater will continue operating, but with new management.

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