Inside the Roseville TheatreBy: Roseville Press Tribune Photography by Philip Wood
For more than eight decades an elegant icon of lights has signaled from the north end of Vernon Street, casting teal and vermillion shades — a constant reminder that existence on the old avenue has been, in recent years, an uncertain tale of survival.
The Roseville Theatre was erected shortly after World War I by a brotherhood of Free Masons who hoped to make a community gathering point and an eminent showroom where the full force of the arts could flourish.
For years the building succeeded in those missions, holding an unusually powerful spot in the imaginations of Roseville’s children. But four generations after one group of Masons created the venue, a new generation of Masons would be called upon to save it — rescuing the theater from a storm of financial and logistical disasters not of their making, which threatened to permanently end its role in the community’s life.
~ Scott Thomas Anderson