Rogers Theatre

213 E. Marion Street,
Shelby, NC 28150

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Architects: Charles C. Benson

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Don Gibson Theatre

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Rogers Theatre

The 1,200-seat Rogers Theatre opened in 1936 with Joan Crawford in “Love on the Run”. It was closed in 1985. When volunteers begin to restore this Art Deco style theatre, they have decided to not only save the classic theatre, but also to preserve the treasured memories of the audiences who attended the theatre.

They plan to compile a book of experiences from anyone who went to the theatre. The book will be written concurrently with the restoration of the theatre.

For a while, it was re-named Don Gibson Theater (not to be confused with the current Don Gibson Theatre which was previously the State Theatre & Flick Theatre). The Rogers Theatres was taken over by new owners in 2009, to become a performing arts center and dinner theatre. In 2013, the building was put up ‘For Sale’ at an asking price of $385,000.00. It was still ‘For Sale’ in summer of 2018. By early-2024 restoration work had begun.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

Recent comments (view all 71 comments)

Patsy on March 15, 2011 at 6:32 pm


Many beautiful things are happening at The Rogers Theater and we are Opening our doors on Monday, the 21st of March at 6:30 pm to show our fans and well-wishers our progress.

We will be having live entertainment throughout the evening, featuring The Tony Award Winning Baritone Opera Singer Eugene Brancoveanu and Award Winning Soprano Crystal McDaniel. There will also be Comedy, Music and Vocals from several other local entertainers. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served.

There is no admission fee for this event, but it is designed as a Fund Raiser and Benefit for The Rogers Theater Restoration Fund. Any contributions made are tax deductible. A receipt for tax purposes will be provided at the event. Information on Investing is available and Units of Investment can be purchased the night of the event. We can accept cash and checks, sorry no debit/credit cards at the event. You can however, visit prior to the event and contribute with debit/credit card on this website.

If you know of anyone else that would be interested in attending, please feel free to forward this invitation. Dress is casual to glamorous.

We sincerely hope to see you there,

Gary Kulas
The Rogers Theater

p.s. If you are a performer and would like to be on The Rogers Theater’s stage and show your talent for this event, please email me or call at 704-964-4791. We would love to have you in our cast.

Patsy on December 28, 2011 at 8:05 pm

This theatre should be listed as “restoring”. Would like to know the month and date this theatre opened in 1936.

Patsy on August 4, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Interesting bit of information. Shelby NC was also the State Capitol for a period of time.

garykulas on June 16, 2013 at 5:38 pm

View the photo gallery and see all the amazing restoration that has taken place. The theatre is available for $385k

garykulas on June 16, 2013 at 5:59 pm

For more info about purchasing this Theatre click

Robbie Stewart
Robbie Stewart on September 25, 2021 at 2:51 pm

Oh, how I remember the Rogers Theatre. This was were I saw the first “Star Wars” at back in 1977 when it first premiered. Except back then, it didn’t yet have the episode IV or “A New Hope” branding that would be added to it later on after George Lucas started making sequels to it or prequels for that matter. My late father, along with my uncles took my brother and I to see it. I will always remember the Cantina Band scene. More so now with dad’s death in August of 2014. My dad, being a professional musician and entertainer at the time, stood up in the middle of the theatre and yelled “Hey, that’s my band.” The theatre was packed and everyone started laughing their arses off after dad made that comment. Many in Shelby also knew my dad because of my late pa paw (Hubert Stewart) who lived just outside of Shelby at the time and went by the CB handle “Piano Picker,” drove trucks for the former McLean Trucking Co which used to have a terminal in Shelby, and he also had a band that played local clubs around Shelby called “Six of Clubs.” My dad and both of my uncles would sometimes sit in with him, but it was mostly comprised of him and his CB buddies. They would also come over to my pa paw’s house and jam in his music room downstairs.

Patsy on September 25, 2021 at 5:17 pm

What is the current status of the Rogers? Hope it has sold and is being restored to its original configuration and design.

Robbie Stewart
Robbie Stewart on September 26, 2021 at 7:39 am


According to:

the property is still for sale. Contact: Gary Kulas, 828-351-8648, HavenInTheHills.NC (at)

bvanwinkle on February 4, 2024 at 11:57 pm

The Rogers Theatre is well on its way to becoming a top-notch gem of a theatre and live venue event center in Shelby. I recently met one of the owners and photographed the work that is being done. It will be beautiful when completed, and they are anxious to get that done, but because of the historic covenants, it is going a bit slower. They are not discouraged, they know it will take a bit more time.

Patsy on February 5, 2024 at 12:36 am

Would love to see photos. Does Gary Kulas still own it? Hope the town is onboard.

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