Rogers Theater

213 E. Marion Street,
Shelby, NC 28150

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Rogers Theater

The 1,200-seat Rogers Theater opened in 1936 with Joan Crawford in “Love on the Run”. It was closed in 1985. When volunteers begin to restore this Art Deco style theater, they have decided to not only save the classic theater, but also to preserve the treasured memories of the audiences who attended the theater.

They plan to compile a book of experiences from anyone who went to the theater. The book will be written concurrently with the restoration of the theater.

For a while, it was re-named Don Gibson Theater (not to be confused with the current Don Gibson Theatre which was previously the State Theatre & Flick Theatre). The Rogers Theatres was taken over by new owners in 2009, to become a performing arts center and dinner theatre. In 2013, the building was put up ‘For Sale’ at an asking price of $385,000.00

Contributed by Ross Melnick

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Patsy on May 13, 2010 at 7:41 am

Hal: The Rogers Theater owner, Gary Kulas is waiting to hear from you as you didn’t provide your email address in your message or on your profile page! Thanks!!

Patsy on May 19, 2010 at 4:50 pm

To All CT Members: Please cast a vote for the Rogers Theater each day until May 31 @ on October 1, 2010 at 6:49 pm

A 2004 photo — does anyone know what happened to the blade sign above the marquee?

Patsy on October 1, 2010 at 8:10 pm

Agility Nut: I have forwarded your CT question onto the present owner of the Rogers, Gary Kulas.

Patsy on March 15, 2011 at 11:32 am


Many beautiful things are happening at The Rogers Theater and we are Opening our doors on Monday, the 21st of March at 6:30 pm to show our fans and well-wishers our progress.

We will be having live entertainment throughout the evening, featuring The Tony Award Winning Baritone Opera Singer Eugene Brancoveanu and Award Winning Soprano Crystal McDaniel. There will also be Comedy, Music and Vocals from several other local entertainers. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served.

There is no admission fee for this event, but it is designed as a Fund Raiser and Benefit for The Rogers Theater Restoration Fund. Any contributions made are tax deductible. A receipt for tax purposes will be provided at the event. Information on Investing is available and Units of Investment can be purchased the night of the event. We can accept cash and checks, sorry no debit/credit cards at the event. You can however, visit prior to the event and contribute with debit/credit card on this website.

If you know of anyone else that would be interested in attending, please feel free to forward this invitation. Dress is casual to glamorous.

We sincerely hope to see you there,

Gary Kulas
The Rogers Theater

p.s. If you are a performer and would like to be on The Rogers Theater’s stage and show your talent for this event, please email me or call at 704-964-4791. We would love to have you in our cast.

Patsy on December 28, 2011 at 12:05 pm

This theatre should be listed as “restoring”. Would like to know the month and date this theatre opened in 1936.

Patsy on August 4, 2012 at 7:39 am

Interesting bit of information. Shelby NC was also the State Capitol for a period of time.

garykulas on June 16, 2013 at 9:38 am

View the photo gallery and see all the amazing restoration that has taken place. The theatre is available for $385k

garykulas on June 16, 2013 at 9:59 am

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