Rogers Theater

213 E. Marion Street,
Shelby, NC 28150

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garykulas on June 16, 2013 at 9:59 am

For more info about purchasing this Theatre click

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

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.

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 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 October 1, 2010 at 8:10 pm

Agility Nut: I have forwarded your CT question onto the present owner of the Rogers, Gary Kulas. 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 May 19, 2010 at 4:50 pm

To All CT Members: Please cast a vote for the Rogers Theater each day until May 31 @

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 10, 2010 at 6:32 am

Hal: Please contact me @ or Gary @ for further information and thank you for your help! With folks like you we have a good chance of winning this $250K Pepsi grant!

SANews on May 9, 2010 at 5:37 pm


Thank you for all the info, I have already voted on the Pepsi site regarding the grant for your project. I wish you the best in all of this. If I can help, or throw some free info for the public your way, let me know. I’m only an email away.

Consider it a Public Service Announcement.



Patsy on May 9, 2010 at 4:58 pm

I hope that every CT member who reads my post above is voting each day during the month of May for the Rogers Theater! Thank you!

Patsy on April 16, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Below is a letter that I received from the owner of the Rogers Theater, Gary Kulas. He has asked me to spread the word so please help him restore the art deco cinema in Shelby NC by voting in the month of April. I plan to vote and I hope everyone on CT votes to save another historical theatre! On the link there is a brief narrated video that will show the work being done, to date.


My name is Gary Kulas and I am the new owner and developer of The Rogers Theater in Shelby, NC. If you are not familiar with The Rogers Theater, it was built in 1936 as an Art Deco Design, 650 seat movie house. It has set empty for 25 years and is now trying to gather funds for restoration.

The reason I’m emailing you is to please ask for your help. It won’t cost you a cent and will only take a couple minutes of your time. The Rogers Theater is in a voting contest for a $250k grant from the Pepsi Co. This money is crucial to the success of the theater. If you would click on Pepsi’s website to vote for our success it would mean so much to us. Once you click on the “vote for this idea” button, you’ll be transferred to a sign in page. The first time you sign in takes a couple minutes. When you come back to vote the next day, it’ll be much quicker. The site will send you back to The Rogers Theater page to vote after you’ve signed in and you’ll need to click “vote” again. You can vote once a day, everyday for up to 10 causes, but please only vote for us in the $250k category. Please remember that you must vote after you’ve signed in. Thank you so much for your help, it is greatly needed.

Gary Kulas

TLSLOEWS on March 2, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Another ROGERS THEATRE i did not know there were so many.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 2, 2010 at 3:59 pm

I often wondered what happen to EARL OWENSBY. But, some of his movies like BUCK STONE COUNTY PRISON were rated R. So don’t make him out to be Disney. I had a couple of his one sheets “CHALLENGE” and “DEATH DRIVER” wish i would have kept them .Drive-in Fare.

Patsy on January 15, 2010 at 11:39 am

I had no idea this theatre had 1200 seats and look forward to seeing the restored Rogers in the near future. And interesting to see that CT founder, Ross Melnick added this theatre!

Patsy on January 14, 2010 at 7:33 am

NewOwnerGary: I wish you well and will keep you and your crew in my prayers as I’m sure you do have an enormous task ahead, but it will all be worth while once the doors reopen. The Rogers has set far too long deserted and dark so it finally deserves this special TLC attention.

garykulas on October 26, 2009 at 4:42 pm

Thank you all for your positive thoughts and concern. This is Gary, the new owner of The Rogers Theater. I began restoration the day after I recieved deed to the property. September 04 09. The plan is to transform this amazing Theater into a 100+ seat upscale restaurant with a separate 300 seat Multi-Functional Performing Arts Center & Dinner Theater. All the restoration is being done respectfully and in accordance with The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Treatment for Historic Properties. Any changes to the original 1936 design (minimal)will be reversable should anyone desire to do so in the future. Please visit our web site at or email to Wish us well and keep us in your prayers. We have an enormous task ahead.
Thank you, Gary Kulas

peachypinko on September 9, 2009 at 6:57 pm

Hey, the Rogers Theater in Shelby is finally going to be renovated. I grew up going to the Rogers theater and buying 45s at Bobby Rogers Music Store next door. I was so excited to see that somebody is going to love this wonderful place back to life. Check it out:

View link

SANews on September 7, 2009 at 8:30 am

Just a heads up on the Rogers Theater. I stumbled upon this link last night
and found a little info. I’m researching this now, because there is little info available in regards to who is doing what. The local media have not mentioned this, and I discovered the website linked above was registered February 28, 2009.

If anyone here discovers anything, let me know, please. I’ll be writing about this soon.


spfx on June 20, 2009 at 12:33 am

Earl Owensby had premier’s of many of his movies at the Rogers Theater. It was also used in the prodution of several of his movies. Back in 1982 i worked on a movie that he shot there called “Brother Dave Gardner Live and In Concert” If you would like to see what the theater looked like then you can see it in that movie. It is for sale at

I think you may find some clips of Brother Dave on youtube, he was a very funny man.
Earl Owensby was the father of film making in North Carolina and one of the first people to exploit the foreign film market.

His films contained no nudity, profanity, and the good guy always won. His films have been dubbed in many foreign languages and are still in demand today. The last time i stopped by his studio a year or so ago he had just reprinted some of his films and had them canned and waiting for ups to pickup and deliver to Russia.

In many ways he was way ahead of Hollywood. 3D movies are once again in the theaters and he tried to bring 3D movies back in 1982 with a movie called “Rottweiler” aka “Dogs From Hell”. He produced a number of 3D movies during the 80’s.

spfx on June 19, 2009 at 11:56 pm

When i was a kid i remember going to several movies at the old Rogers Theater. Back then it was segregated, whites in the main theater, and blacks in the balcony. If you look in the pictures that are posted above you will see a white door to the left of the main entrance. That was the entrance that black people used to go to the balcony. There used to be a water fountain right inside that door if my memory serves me that had a sign on it “Blacks Only” Their also used to be a sign outside that door that said the same thing. I remember getting in trouble for drinking out of that fountain one time when i was little. I didn’t understand what the big deal was then and i still don’t today. I just figured it was one of them adult deals that us kids did not understand. Last time i was in there that sign was still inside that door.

Patsy on February 9, 2009 at 9:56 am

That vertical marquee with the name Don Gibson, in small writing, was not even there so it had been taken down by someone. The only marquee still there was the horizontal marquee with the words..“Now Showing…Patton”. I don’t know when that movie was shown or why it would still be up there on the marquee??

Patsy on February 9, 2009 at 9:47 am

And when clicking on the name “Charles C. Benson” the only theatre that is listed is the Rogers Theatre.