Times Theatre

226 N. Main Street,
Rockford, IL 61104

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Times Theatre

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Opened in 1938, the former Times Theatre was most recently used as a bar and restaurant.

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Caw on May 31, 2011 at 1:54 pm

In response to the last post about what is happening with the building…..The Times Theater was purchased a few years ago by a local investment group heavily involved with the revitalization efforts of downtown Rockford. Let me repeat, DOWNTOWN ROCKFORD, NOT I-90 ROCKFORD!

While the group is a for-profit organization, of greater importance than turning a profit is making downtown a safe, viable entertainment destination for not only Rockford, but Winnebago County and the surrounding areas as well.

How is this going to happen? That is the $64,000 question that is being worked on at the moment. The owners are concerned and deadicated businessmen, not renovators, and realize the need to collaborate with experts in this arena as well as area stakeholders.

After completion of due diligence, the owners will decide on a course of action best suited to activate the theater. These options range from establishing a public/private partnership, establishing a for-profit investment group to activate the theater, or selling the theater to a like-minded individual or group better suited to maximize the value of the theater for the community.

Thank you to everyone with a concerned interest on what becomes of the Times.

rivest266 on November 26, 2011 at 10:06 am

This opened on March 31st, 1939. I uploaded the grand opening ad here.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 26, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Mike, unless this house sat dark for a full year after being completed, you’re a year late on the opening date. Architect Edward Paul Lewin wrote a three-page article about the Times Theatre for Boxoffice, which appeared in the issue of April 30, 1938. It has several photos of the theater.

The January 8 issue of Boxoffice the same year had another article about the project, also penned by Lewin, which featured some of his renderings of the design.

rivest266 on November 26, 2011 at 4:43 pm

I double checked the newspaper page and it is from March 31st, 1938.

jusdoit on August 22, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Looking for Architectural and Engineering Drawings for this building. City hall does not have them. Anyone know any archive that may have a copy? Is there a historical society in Rockford that may have a copy.

DAL on October 7, 2012 at 1:51 pm

In the late 70’s, when Plitt Theatres installed a new concession stand at the River Oaks 2-3 in Calumet City, they moved the old stand to the Times. This theatre had also been reseated with Massey Astro-Rocker seating (probably also removed from another location).

BobbyS on November 4, 2013 at 11:50 pm

I saw “Hello Dolly” last week at the beautiful Coronado. The manager told me the TIMES theater is in the process of re-opening. Many people inspecting & photographing every corner. I was amazed the marquee is intact after all these years closed. Also he told me the MIDWAY will re-open as different theater groups are interested and have the money to do it. I passed it by and couldn’t see if the roof was still there. Still looks good.

JBrown1274 on November 11, 2013 at 1:34 pm

I have heard the theater may open. I haven’t seen any activity. Is the property for sale? If so how would I go about getting information about that?

rockfordmidway on January 18, 2014 at 10:23 pm

never been inside times midway is stating to come along

ethancaughey on September 19, 2014 at 11:27 am

Does anyone have current contact information for the owner(s) of the Times?


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