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Northwest Quarterly Magazine

Coronado Performing Arts Center: Rockford’s Crown Jewel Even before the curtain rises on the stage of Rockford’s crown jewel, theatergoers are awestruck by a performance of another kind – the grandeur of the theater itself – thanks to the Friends of the Coronado (FOC), a nonprofit organization. This group was formed 25 years ago to […]
Rockford entertainment leaders preview big renovations ahead of reopening

Rockford Entertainment Leaders Preview Big Renovations Ahead of Reopening

ROCKFORD (WREX) — Both the Coronado Performing Arts Center and BMO Harris Bank Center look forward to welcoming people back in their doors for what Friends of the Coronado Executive Director Beth Howard believes could be a new era of entertainment for the Forest City. “We used to have a format for certain sized venues, […]
Coronado Theater reopens after one-year hiatus

Coronado Theater Reopens After One-Year Hiatus

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — The lights at Rockford’s Coronado Performing Arts Center will be back on this weekend, for the first time since March of last year. The hiatus has allowed the theater to bring on some new changes and safety protocols. “Oh, it’s a new era,” said Friends of the Coronado’s executive director, Beth […]
The Friends of the Coronado unveils the theater’s restored marquee sign

The Friends of the Coronado Unveils the Theater’s Restored Marquee Sign

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – The Friends of the Coronado , along with Illinois State Representative Maurice West (D-67) is inviting the community to celebrate the unveiling of the fully restored Coronado Theatre Marquee. The ceremony occurs at 5:00 p.m. Friday, prior to the grand reopening event of Friday Night Flix. Other activities, staring at 6:00 […]

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Friends of the Coronado

Our mission is to champion the historic Coronado Theatre, a time-honored symbol of civic pride, as a performing arts center and community asset for all to use and share. Friends of the Coronado is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


324 N. Main Street
Rockford, IL 61101


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Rockford, IL 61110



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