Rogers Theater

333 Rogers Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11225

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Rogers Theater

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Located near the Loew’s Kameo Theater which was northeast up around the corner of Eastern Parkway, this neighborhood theater was a fourth or fifth run house. The Rogers Theater was opened in 1936, and closed in 1967.

The Rogers Theater was located on the east side of Rogers Avenue and was served by the Route 49 Ocean-Rogers trolley car line which ran south from Bergen Street to Emmons Avenue in Sheepshead Bay. It was the closest theater to Ebbets Field, home of the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team.

Contributed by J.F. Lundy

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nymemories
nymemories on November 14, 2006 at 12:50 pm

Hello-
I grew up on Crown between Nostrand & Rogers. I lived there from 1958 until 1977. My family and I were regulars at both the Rogers and the Kameo movie houses. I have very distint memories of the children’s section of the Rogers and the matrons dressed in white with their flashlights! What a great place to grow up!
Scott from Brooklyn

linhelen
linhelen on December 25, 2006 at 8:00 pm

I grew up not far from the Rogers and spent a lot of time there too. I remember going there with my mother to see “From Here to Eternity,” and other great films. I lived across the street from the Crown and we used to go to the Rogers, the Astor in Flatbush, Loews Kameo and Kings and the Patio too. I have great memories of all these wonderful places.

conklinwj
conklinwj on February 4, 2007 at 8:49 am

I remember going on a class outing to the Rogers Theater in (I believe) 1961. I attended St. Francis of Assisi grammar school on Nostrand Ave. a few blocks away. In 1961, the Rogers showed the movie the St. Francis of Assisi Story. The nuns arranged a class outing to go see the movie. We kids were pretty bored by the whole thing, but the nuns loved it.

WalterH
WalterH on July 27, 2008 at 12:43 pm

I faintly remember seeing the marquee of the Rogers Theater while passing on the old el above. What memories. I never went inside though. I often went by on the el above.
Someone mentioned having photos of the Rogers above. If anyone does, I would love to see them. I am now 82, and found this site through a site I also just joined and found called Bushwick Buddies. They have wonderful phtoos, but haven’t had time to go through all their stuff yet. I read about this site there, and now I am hooked here too! I also made a whole comment about dish night in the Rivoli Theater. The memories are faint, but these sites are helping jog the memory!
Well, if you do have a photo of the Rogers, I would love to see it. My email is

WalterH
WalterH on July 27, 2008 at 12:45 pm

I’m sorry, I posted the wrong email. It’s not easy getting old! My email is

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 19, 2010 at 6:18 pm

I did not know there were so many RODGERS theatres.

Astyanax
Astyanax on July 12, 2010 at 10:20 pm

I didn’t realize that there was an el running on Rogers Av. until I saw Walter H’s post from two years ago. Anyone have other info on this?

leslegr
leslegr on November 25, 2011 at 3:41 pm

The el ran near the OTHER Rogers Theater; not the one on Rogers Ave.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 8, 2012 at 5:43 am

This Rogers Theatre must be the one that can be seen in the two photos at the top of this page of the November 14, 1936, issue of Boxoffice. At the bottom of the page are two photos of the Central Theatre in Yonkers, New York. The last paragraph of the text says that both houses were designed by architect William Hohauser.

Warren G. Harris’s earlier comment on this house attributing the design to Charles Sandblom says that it was a 1935 project, but didn’t open until 1936. The belated opening must have been related to Sandblom’s 1935 plans being dropped, and Hohauser designing the theater as it was finally built.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on March 8, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Interesting mezzanine lounge just below the projection ports. Was this a smoking lounge that was conveniently set in the auditorium so patrons wouldn’t miss any of the movie when stepping out for a smoke? With chairs that were not fixed to the floor… and a phone booth?!

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