Times Theatre

226 N. Main Street,
Rockford, IL 61104

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ssheley on May 11, 2015 at 10:02 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?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 20, 2015 at 12:36 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

ethancaughey on September 19, 2014 at 1:27 pm

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


rockfordmidway on January 19, 2014 at 12:23 am

never been inside times midway is stating to come along

JBrown1274 on November 11, 2013 at 3:34 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?

BobbyS on November 5, 2013 at 1:50 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.

DAL on October 7, 2012 at 3:51 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).

jusdoit on August 22, 2012 at 6:08 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.

rivest266 on November 26, 2011 at 6:43 pm

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

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 26, 2011 at 5:46 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 12:06 pm

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

Caw on May 31, 2011 at 3:54 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.

0123456789 on February 12, 2011 at 11:38 am

Any information on what is happening on the building?

DavidZornig on April 15, 2009 at 12:35 am

Reactivate Notification Status.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 4, 2009 at 1:59 am

The April 30, 1938, issue of Boxoffice Magazine featured an article by Edward Paul Lewin, architect of the recently-opened Times Theatre. The article included several photos of the house.

This article was a follow-up to an article by Lewin in the January 8, 1938, issue of the same publication, which included renderings of the Times, then still under construction.

Lewin’s plans for the house included structural elements that would support a 400 seat balcony which the owners wanted to add to the original 1000 seat auditorium at a later time, if patronage justified it. The provision for this possible balcony addition gave the Times an unusually high ceiling for a single-floor theater.

Jacknedie on March 3, 2009 at 8:12 pm

I haven’t been in Rockford all that long. I’ve never been in The Times, but I have been in The Midway. how does it compare in terms of size and condition. Information above says it seats 800. Could that be split into 2 or three theaters? Are there still seats in it, or if there are, are they in bad enough condition that they need to be torn out anyway?

The type of house that the Coronado is, is totally different from The Times – one is for live performances, the other is strictly cinema – at least as I look at the outside of the building.

DavidZornig on February 28, 2009 at 7:13 am

Not sure who owns it now. But the Midway Theatre in Rockford is listed for sale on it’s CT page. It actually apparently had Nielson’s interest at one time. But even with the seemingly low price, it includes an entire building requiring other tenants.

Also, according to the Coronado Theatre page, which already underwent an expensive renovation, it itself is currently “hoping to break even”.

Jacknedie on February 28, 2009 at 6:37 am

Who currently owns the building?

Jacknedie on February 28, 2009 at 6:37 am

Who currently owns the building?

DavidZornig on February 12, 2009 at 10:35 pm

I read somewhere that Rick Nielson of hometown Rockford band Cheap Trick, was going to be involved in the building of some giant entertainment & hotel complex in Rockford.
Maybe the restoration & reopening of the Times Theatre could be a nifty side project. It could even proceed the hotel project, and be a kicking off place for continued shows to drum up support.

souledout4ever on October 9, 2007 at 10:40 pm

How much would it cost to purchase the theatre and what would the terms of use and service be?

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on January 19, 2006 at 2:08 pm

Was in Rockford on business today. The Times Theatre today looks exactly as it does in the photo above. Judging by the lobby the building is in a decent state of repair. There are cryptic political messages spelled out on the marquee.

sheppard on December 30, 2002 at 7:11 pm

I am planning to remodel this theatre to it’s original beauty. The problem I have is, I can’t seem to find any photo’s of the interior. Does any one know how I can find this information? It was built in 1937 by Plitt Theatres Inc.