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The 2,400-seat theatre opened in early October 1927 with the silent movie Swim Girl, Swim 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 .
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