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Coronado Performing Arts Center (photo credit Friends of the Coronado)

Coronado Performing Arts Center

Rockford, Illinois, United States

First Opened: 8th October 1927 (96 years ago)

Atmospheric Style: Hispano-Italian

Architect: Frederic J. Klein

Former Name: Coronado Theatre

Website: www.coronadopac.org Link opens in new window

Address: 314 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61101 Link opens in new window

National Register of Historic Places: #79000878 Link opens in new window (added 6th September 1979)


Overview

The 2,400-seat theatre opened in early October 1927 with the silent movie Swim Girl, Swim Link opens in new window starring Bebe Daniels.

In 1970, Kerasotes Theatres purchased the Coronado Theatre. A few years later, in 1979, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. By 1984, the Coronado Theatre was forced to end the movie exhibition portion of its business due to declining revenues.

In 1997, the theatre was sold by the Kerasotes family to the City of Rockford for $10, a renovation deal which included the restriction that the city not use the theatre for the exhibition of motion pictures. Thereafter, an $18.5 million dollar renovation began. The 2,400-seat theatre reopened in 2001 and is used for concerts and stage shows.

Information in part sourced from Cinema Treasures Link opens in new window.

Further Reading

Online

Historic Photos & Documents
News of improvements to the theatre’s organ, as reported in the 28th January 1973 edition of the <i>Register-Star</i> (400KB PDF)
News of improvements to the theatre’s organ, as reported in the 28th January 1973 edition of the Register-Star (400KB PDF)
News of the theatre’s upcoming 50th birthday celebrations, as reported in the 13th February 1977 edition of the <i>Register-Star</i> (970KB PDF)
News of the theatre’s upcoming 50th birthday celebrations, as reported in the 13th February 1977 edition of the Register-Star (970KB PDF)
Auditorium, courtesy <i>Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau</i> (JPG)
Auditorium, courtesy Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (JPG)
Auditorium, courtesy <i>Friends of the Coronado</i> (JPG)
Auditorium, courtesy Friends of the Coronado (JPG)
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