Coronado Performing Arts Center
314 N. Main Street,
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The Coronado Theatre opened on October 8, 1927 as a lavish, 2,440-seat Atmospheric style movie palace rivaling those built in Chicago. The theater carried on its tradition of showing movies and stage shows well into the 1960’s, hosting stars such as Sammy Davis Jr., Milton Berle, and many more.
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 donated by the Kerasotes family to the city of Rockford and a multi-million renovation began. The 2,400-seat theater has now reopened and is used for concerts and stage shows.
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