Reservations required for May 15 tour of Coronado

May 9, 2012

Staff Report

The Land of Lincoln Theatre Organ Society will offer a tour of Rockford’s historic Coronado Theatre beginning at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 15. Reservations are required by calling (815) 968-2722, ext. 17. Cost is $7.

The tour lasts approximately an hour-and-a-half and includes Coronado’s Grande Barton Theatre Organ; Atmospheric Show; organ chamber; Van Matre — Owner’s Apartment, circa 1927; stars’ dressing rooms; chorus dressing rooms; on stage and under the stage; and audience chamber and public areas in the theater.

The Coronado Theatre, 314 N. Main St., Rockford, is a 2,400-seat theater that was designed by architect Frederick J. Klein. The theater cost $1.5 million to construct and opened Oct. 9, 1927.

The theater was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. In 2010, the Coronado was voted the “No. 1 Architectural Wonder of the United States” in an AOL/U.S. Travel Association poll.

The Coronado has played host to both movies and live stage shows. Such famous acts as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Bob Hope, Sammy Davis Jr. and Milton Berle appeared at the Coronado. During his 1960 campaign for president, John F. Kennedy made a stop at the theater.

From the May 9-15, 2012, issue

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