Opening Day

Opening Day, October 9th, 1927

Opening day of the Coronado Theatre. It was owned by Willard N. Van Matre, Jr. of Rockford and designed by architect Frederick J. Klein in the “atmospheric” style that was popular for movie palaces in the 1920s. The cost was $1.5 million. The exquisite plaster work was created especially for the Coronado. Even the “backs”…