Auburn Theater

1120-24 Auburn Street,
Rockford, IL 61103

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pnelson on August 10, 2015 at 7:10 pm

Dramatic exterior. Glass block and art moderne is very wonderful. Marquee is beautiful too.

rivest266 on November 26, 2011 at 10:59 am

This opened in April 9th, 1942. Very small grand opening ad has been posted here.

oliphalet on September 19, 2010 at 11:27 am

On the cornerstone the date is 1942 along with the architects name, Edward Paul Lewin.

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Joe Vogel on October 3, 2009 at 11:55 pm

Chicago architect Edward Paul Lewin designed the Auburn Theatre according to Boxoffice Magazine’s issue of February 22, 1941.

kencmcintyre on July 13, 2009 at 5:57 pm

From Boxoffice magazine in March 1958:

ROCKFORD-The Auburn Theatre has been reopened at the request of local citizens by J.J. McFarland Theatres. Phil Zeller, city manager for the circuit, said the Auburn’s new policy would be 6 p.m. to midnight showings, seven nights weekly. The McFarland circuit also operates the Park, Family, Rex and Capitol theatres here and the State Theatre in Sycamore.

mp775 on September 10, 2006 at 4:05 pm

The theater is currently occupied by Alpha Floral. A peek through the front window reveals that at least some of the lobby decor is still intact.

Scott on February 18, 2005 at 12:42 pm

I saw a couple of shows there in the mid 1960s. They weren’t very well attended, which explains, I suppose, why the theatre closed in 1967. But the place had a wonderful feel to it, especially for being built in the stream-lined era. I wish it were still open.

Seth on May 7, 2004 at 9:42 pm

I think it might be some sort of thrift store now. Not a good location. There doesn’t appear to be any parking, and it’s across the street from a cemetery. It is a cool facade, even under all the junk the retail folks stuck on it.