Coronado Theater

The Coronado is a National Historic Registered atmospheric theater that opened in 1927 for vaudeville and then silent movies accompanied by still original operating grand barton organ and then talkies. In 1999 the City of Rockford acquired of the building. Between 1999 and 2001, the Friends of the Coronado, a not for profit entity, worked with the City to raise funds to purchase the neighboring lime green terra cotta Libeling building, a Rockford historic landmark, and undertake renovations and restoration to bring most of the Coronado back to its original glory while making the facility (both for the patron and performer) accessible, functional and comfortable. I acted as the Owner’s project representative whereby I was the individual communicating with City staff, mayor and Council, Friends of the Coronado Steering Committee, Architectural/Engineering team, General Contractor and multiple specialty theater and restoration contractors.

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Main Street in the 1920’s

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The Italian village side

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The proscenium with orchestra shell clouds and towers in place and Moorish Village side in the distance

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Mezzanine lobby ceiling and wall of mirrors

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West Mezzanine Lobby stairs with axminister carpet in original pattern

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Restored davenport in one of the Star dressing rooms (originally one of 16 efficiency apartments)

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Early stages of renovation construction

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The new enlarged stage house rises

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Progress on restoration of one of 4 chandeliers

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