The Rodgers Theatre opened June 1, 1949. The first film shown at the Rodgers was Red Canyon with George Brent and Ann Blyth. Close to 2000 people attended the opening day festivities, including the mayor of Pine Bluff, who cut the ribbon and purchased the first ticket. In the ensuing years, the ticket booth was closed, and the theater was divided into two screens. The theater was sold by the Rodgers family to the Kerasotes chain in 1966, which continued to operate the theater until it was closed in 1999, due to the chain’s opening a new multiplex theater nearby. After closing the Rodgers, Kerasotes donated the theater to Butler County. Since 2007, the Rodgers Theatre has hosted live concerts with proceeds going to the theater’s ongoing restoration.
One of the sources of our restoration fuel comes from the facility being available to the public, and outside organizations, as a rentable venue.
The Rodgers Theater can host just about any size production, show, seminar, or party you can come up with. The theater is fully equipped to provide the services needed to pull off your special-event. Our facility can cater to a thousand thundering fans in our main theater, or utilizing our newly renovated Drugstore we can provide you with a more private space that can entertain up to a crowd 70 people.
In other words, whatever party you’re planning, we can make it happen.
PO Box 1656
204 North Broadway
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
Web Site: www.rodgerstheatre.org