Rogers Cinema

310 N. 4th Street,
Wausau, WI 54403

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Rogers Cinema (Fillmor), Wausau, WI

The early-20th century Bluhm Building was originally used for retail, then, in the mid-1920’s, a funeral home opened in the building, which lasted until the late-1930’s.

On August 19, 1942, the 670-seat Hollywood Theatre was opened on the ground floor of the stucture. On August 31, 1960 following a refurbishment it reopened as the Wausau Theatre. In 1978 Rogers Cinemas took over and on February 23, 1979 it was renamed Rogers Cinema and on March 9, 1979 it was renamed Rogers Cinema I & II following twinning. They later increased the theatre to five screens. It was last operated by Marcus Cinemas under the name of the Rogers Cinema, but was closed February 28, 2002.

Former employees of the Rogers claim the theatre is haunted by a spirit which they’ve nicknamed “Bob”, who has been known to flip lights on and off, rock the seats in the auditoriums violently, and turn off projectors during movie showings.

Recent plans to convert the theater into a cyber cafe were abandoned. It became a nightclub named Fillmore and by 2018 it is a church.

Contributed by Bryan

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

Dave1954
Dave1954 on July 4, 2005 at 3:44 pm

Hey!
Read an article in the Wassau WI paper this 2005 4th of July weekend that they are going to restore/renovate the Rogers Cinema for a live venue, even to have the readers buy a seat and have their name on it. Hope they make it!

filmmack
filmmack on April 27, 2007 at 10:04 am

I just shot a movie at the Rogers Theater, basing the main story on rumors that a woman was killed there in the whore house days!

As for the live venue rumors, I know the owner and he’s been hard at work in the last 2 months renovating the building to turn it in to a bar!

-bhw

www.themediummovie.com

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on May 22, 2009 at 9:14 pm

Google map view above shows a place called the Fillmor. Appears to be open at time of Street View photo.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 18, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Nice marquee shots of RODGERS CINEMA.

biograph68
biograph68 on July 5, 2011 at 9:18 pm

The Rogers was converted to a night club and renamed the Fillmore. The original nightclub owners filed for bankruptcy. The Fillmore has recently reopened, still as a night club, under new ownership.

LeslieB
LeslieB on February 27, 2017 at 9:49 am

Paul Rogers closed the cinema in August 2000. Marcus Theatres bought the 5-screen theatre and reopened on Dec. 15, 2000 featuring art and independent films. By February 2001, there was not enough demand, so they switched the format to show mainstream films that had finished their run at local theatres.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 7, 2018 at 5:16 pm

4 photos added, 3 as the Fillmore, Hollywood & Rogers.

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on October 9, 2018 at 7:24 am

The local paper says the Hollywood Theatre was opened in the Bluhm Building on April 10, 1942. Keith La Vake refurbished the former Hollywood Theatre location and reused the Wausau Theatre moniker in its new location beginning on August 31, 1960 in its grand opening with “Bambi.”

In 1978, Rogers Cinema took over the location operating it as a one-screen operation for a brief period. The location became the Rogers Cinema on February 23, 1979 until its second screen was ready and becoming the Rogers Cinema I & II on March 9, 1979.

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