Rogers Theatre

1120 E. Wood Street,
Decatur, IL 62521

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The Rogers opened in 1937 on Wood Street. The theater was designed in Art Moderne style, and sat around 900. The Rogers was closed in 1984.

Any additional information on this theater, including its current status, would be appreciated.

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saegerjon
saegerjon on January 11, 2007 at 10:21 am

I think the owner of the theater tried in the mid 90’s to turn it into a liquor store or warehouse but was denied by the city. Shortly after being denied I think the theater had a fire. I’m sure the city of Decatur has ordered this theater to be torn down by now. I am just guessing on all of this and I could be wrong.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 11, 2007 at 10:40 am

The Rogers Theatre was demolished a few years ago.

DonLewis
DonLewis on August 14, 2008 at 10:11 am

A sad look at the closed, abandoned, and now demolished Rogers Theater in Decatur. And an enlarged view here.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 19, 2010 at 8:02 am

Sad looking photos,porno at the RODGERS.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 17, 2010 at 9:14 am

Once that X rated movie played there i am sure locals had no reason to support it.

movieman1966
movieman1966 on February 27, 2013 at 7:27 am

@saegerjon:

Yes, the Rogers theater was bought by person or persons unknown in order to turn it not into a liquor store, but into a night club. The major rumor that circulated around town at the time of the Roger’s fire incident was that it was burnt down in order to get the insurance money. My personal impression on the arson has always been that (again, my personal impression) was that the firesetter really, really, REALLY liked Club 21 too much for another nightclub, located just a few blocks away, to potentially take away business from Club 21.

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