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Coronado Performing Arts Center

  • 314 N. Main St.
  • Rockford, IL 61101
  • Phone: (815) 968-0595 Box Office
  • Fax: (815) 968-1318
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An ornate movie palace and vaudeville hall built in 1927 for $1.5 million and restored and renovated in 2000 for $18.5 million. It's a delightful example of an "atmospheric-style" theater with gilded Spanish castles, Italian villas and Chinese dragons in relief on the sides and a starry false sky.

The Coronado is worth seeing just for its opulent interior, but it is also host to many performing arts groups and traveling shows.

Event parking is available across from the theater in the ramp on the east side of N. Main and in nearby city parking lots.

Coronado Performing Arts Center has been named one of Illinois' 150 Great Places by the American Institute of Architects, Illinois Council. This prestigious award is given to places that have been identified by leading architects as contributing to their communities' quality of life.


Photo credit: Nels Akerlund

  • General
    times:NON EVENT DAYS: Tickets and will call are available Monday thru Friday 9:00am-5:00pm at the BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St. Rockford, IL 61101
    EVENT DAYS: Coronado Box Office will be open starting at 12:00pm on event days until 30 minutes after the scheduled start time.
    The Ticket Office has occasional Saturday and Sunday hours, which vary depending on scheduled events and ticket on sales. Please contact our ticket office to confirm hours of operation for the weekend.
    cost: Varies by performance; see website.
    directions:From I-90 and U.S. Business 20 (E. State St.): west 6.5 miles Business 20 to N. Main (2nd street after crossing Rock River). Turn right (north) on N. Main 0.5 blocks.. From I-39: west on Bypass US 20 to IL 2 (S. Main): North on IL 2 to downtown. Turn left on US Business 20 (Jefferson St.) one block to N. Main; turn right on N. Main 0.5 blocks. Event parking in ramp across from theater and in nearby lots.
    A/V Equipment & Staff Resources Provided:Yes
    ATM On-Site:Yes
    Brief History/ Description:The Coronado opened in 1927 as an atmospheric style theatre and movie palace - complete with Spanish castles, Italian villas, oriental dragons, starlit skies and a Grande Barton Pipe Organ. Countless show business legends have performed on the Coronado stage. Over the years, the theatre has also played host to high school graduations, political rallies and community events.
    Event Staff Unionized:Yes
    A/V Equipment Available:Yes
    Linens - Rented from Preferred Vendor:Yes
    Parking - Fee:Yes
    Parking - Free:Yes
    Parking - Motorcoach / Trailer:Yes
    Storage Available On-Site:Yes
    Tables and Chairs Available:Yes
    WiFi Available:Yes
    A/V Equipment with Preferred Vendor:Yes
    ADA Approved:Yes
    Alcohol - Allowed:Yes

    Meeting Rooms

    Room Name Sq. Ft. T C B R A LD
    Rehearsal Hall  2304.00   100   50   80   150   No   No 
    Third Floor Lobby  1404.00   80   40   40      No   No 
    Stage  3744.00   100   70   180      No   No 
    Sq. Ft. = Square Footage
    T = Theatre
    C = Classroom
    B = Banquet
    R = Reception
    A = Amphitheater
    LD = Listening Devices

    Fun Facts

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