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.

Contributed by Paul Salley

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 26, 2011 at 6:46 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 7:43 pm

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

jusdoit on August 22, 2012 at 7:08 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 4:51 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 5, 2013 at 2:50 am

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 4:34 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 19, 2014 at 1:23 am

never been inside times midway is stating to come along

ethancaughey on September 19, 2014 at 2:27 pm

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


Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 20, 2015 at 1:36 am

Linkrot repair: The January 8, 1938, Boxoffice article about the Times Theatre can now be seen at these links:

Page One

Page Two

The April 30 article is now at these links:

Page One

Page Two

Page Three

ssheley on May 11, 2015 at 11:02 am

Ok it is now 2015 and no sign of anything happening to the Times. Anyone have any info that is current like who owns it now?

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