DeKalb Theater

145 N. Third Street,
DeKalb, IL 60115

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DeKalb Theater

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The DeKalb Theater opened on March 16, 1949 and was dubbed “The Theatre of Tomorrow.”

Part of the Anderson Theatres circuit, the New DeKalb Theater was designed by Axel J. Claesson and contained a television lounge on its balcony level. Top ticket prices were 50 cents, with children’s prices as low as 15 cents.

Twinned in its later years as part of the Kerasotes circuit it was closed in 1991. The theater was last operated as a “brew pub.” It has since closed.

Opened to such fanfare over five decades ago, “The Theatre of Tomorrow” is now the “The Theatre of Yesterday.”

Contributed by Cinema Treasures, Paul Salley

Recent comments (view all 17 comments)

Bruce C.
Bruce C. on November 16, 2009 at 10:33 am

The marquee and vertical sign are still intact but the DeKalb Theatre is now being used by Debutantes School of Cosmetology and Nail Technology. If you look closely at my picture listed above (posted by Chuck), the poster boxes have signs for Debutantes. Here is the link to the school:

http://www.debschool.com/careerinfo/

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 25, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Here is another photo. Function should be changed to school or beauty school.
http://tinyurl.com/ycow9qj

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 25, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Check out the virtual tour on the school site. Some good interior photos there.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 11, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Nice virtual tour.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on June 18, 2012 at 8:09 am

The DeKalb’s auditorium was featured in this 1950 trade ad: boxofficemagazine

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 10, 2012 at 8:06 am

This 1930 photo suggests that there was an earlier DeKalb or that this DeKalb is older than thought: archive

TommyK
TommyK on August 13, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Interesting Movie related link Tinseltoes. However, I need to set this 80-odd year old error straight. The 1930 ad piece has misidentified the photo as being of THE DEKALB theater on 3rd Street. The photo is actually of THE EGYPTIAN one block over on 2nd street. THE EGYPTIAN is also featured on this site. I was likewise confused when I first moved to the area. I used the theater as a landmark to find places near down-town. I kept getting lost until I realized there were TWO theater buildings in downtown DeKalb!

Darrel Wood
Darrel Wood on January 31, 2013 at 7:51 pm

In 1929 the Egyptian Theatre replaced an earlier DeKalb Theatre that was located southwest about a block and a half away at First Street and Lincoln Highway. At some point it became a Montgomery Ward until the 70s when that moved out onto Sycamore Road (past the DeVal Drive in, also here on Cinema Treasures). It was remodeled into retail and office space in the 1970s (I recall my dentist having the most psychedelic foil wallpaper throughout his office there).

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