Will Rogers Theatre
1217 Union Boulevard,
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Architects: Benjamin Shapiro
Styles: Art Deco
The Will Rogers Theatre opened November 21, 1936 as an independent theatre seating 926. Located four blocks north of Forest Park and a block north of Delmar Boulevard. It was located in a area of a lot of high rise apartment buildings and had a built in flock of patrons. Just blocks from the more oppulent Pageant Theatre, it seemed to have no problems creating its own niche.
A single story theatre but long and wide for a neighborhood house. It had a flat marquee again the front of the building but a large vertical sign that could be seen from the busy intersection of Delmar Boulevard and Union Boulevard. When the owner died in 1960, the son formed an agreement with the Arthur Theatres for bookings that lasted only two years and after a dispute the son closed the theatre. It was demolished two years later.
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