Village Cinema

3034 Rose Street,
Franklin Park, IL 60131

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Styles: Quonset Hut

Previous Names: Rose Theatre

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Rose Theatre, 1948

Opened on December 25, 1948, the Rose Theatre was one of a number of theatres built in the Quonset Hut-style. It was built and designed by Fairfield Enterprises, Inc. of Chicago, under the supervision of their chief engineer T.J. Theodore. The material used in the construction of the auditorium was aluminium.

A modest neighborhood house, the Rose Theatre was later renamed the Village Cinema and after screening adult movies for a while, it closed in 1981 and was subsequently demolished.

Contributed by Paul Neeley

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

MovieMan26 on February 4, 2004 at 10:11 pm

Dose anybody know what was the last movie shown at the rose?…I would like to know.

Szyd on January 27, 2005 at 6:56 am

Aaron in the seveties the Rose screened adult movies if my memory is correct.

lafalot55 on February 27, 2007 at 11:54 am

I lived in Schiller Park. Went to the Rose often. Saw House On Haunted Hill and Premature Burial there as a teen. Carol Ries

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 12, 2009 at 5:11 pm

The opening date of 1941 currently given is wrong. The Rose had recently opened when it was featured in the April 2, 1949, issue of Boxoffice Magazine. The all aluminum pre-fab metal building was built by the Reynolds Metal Company, and adapted for theater use by Fairfield Enterprises Inc., designers and builders. The 600-seat house was built for $60 a seat, compared to a cost of $150 to $200 a seat for conventional theater construction at the time.

zas650 on July 10, 2012 at 2:16 pm

What was the last movie shown before they closed the theater for good? just want to know….

okcray on August 5, 2017 at 3:35 am

The last ad for the Village Theater (as it was later known) I was able to find in the Chicago Tribune Online Archives appeared on September 20, 1978. The films were ERUPTION and CHINA DESADE. Whether they continued to show films without running ads (or no longer running them in the Tribune) after that is anyone’s guess.

davidcoppock on August 5, 2017 at 5:28 am

It looks like it is in an aircraft hanger!!

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