If you want to be blown away by the interiors of a theater, this is one I definitely recommend you see. Rockford’s beautiful Coronado Theater is referred to as “Rockford’s Wonder Theater.”
If you’ve been in it, you’ll not wonder why.When it was added to the National Registry of Historic Places, it was considered one of the most lavish in the nation. This is still true today. A year after being placed on the National Registry, it was added to Illinois‘ Historic Registry (1980).
It seats approximately 2400 people, and cost a whopping $1.5 million to build in 1927. If you adjust that for inflation, “whopping” is almost an understatement. In December 2017, that would be over $21,000,000. Can you imagine putting that kind of money in to a theater these days?
There is a statue of Venus, which is the false goddess of love, fertility, etc.
The Coronado boasts a Grand Barton Organ, which can do some peculiar, yet cool sounds: bird call, car horn, etc. These organs were used in many silent movie houses back in the day. Think funnyman Charlie Chaplin, etc.
Earlier I said, “Can you imagine someone putting 21 million dollars in to a theater today?” Little did I realize that that isn’t much for a theater. In fact, the city of Rockford, Illinois has a group called “Friends of the Coronado” that invested $18.5 million in the restoration of the Theater in the late 1990’s.
As my team puts a tour schedule together, this beautiful theater is one where we’d like to do a Comedy Show. Please add your email and we’ll let you know!