Written by Dille Traxel on July 24, 2017
In an effort to retain the historical significance of the Historic Rodgers Theatre, dedicated citizens of the Poplar Bluff community are working to restore the theatre’s monumental marquee. Boasting its early mid-century modern architecture and illuminated neon marquee, the Rodgers Theatre was built in 1914 by I. W. Rodgers on the corner of Pine and Broadway in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. When the theatre opened in 1949, it housed 11,648 square foot and contained 1,160 red plush seats. The marquee, which bears the builder’s name, was prominently displayed on the front of the theatre. The Rodgers Theatre was known as the finest theatre in between St. Louis and Memphis. Additional information can be found on their website: https://rodgerstheatre.org/
Shown from left to right are: Dennis Avery, Poplar Bluff City Planner; Wally Duncan, President of Board of Directors, Historic Rodgers Theatre; Ed DeGaris, Mayor of Poplar Bluff; and Ben Traxel, Principal Architect at Dille Traxel Architecture and Board Member, Historic Rodgers Theatre.