Doors Open Illinois: Egyptian Theatre

Saturday, August 25, 2018 - Sunday, August 26, 2018

Coinciding with the Illinois Bicentennial in 2018, Doors Open Illinois will see iconic historical sites and architectural treasures throughout the state open their doors to the public during four consecutive weekends in August. It’s a chance for visitors like you to get a special glimpse of our history and heritage.

This art-deco gem was featured on the State of Illinois Tourism’s Top 20 Architectural Treasures to visit. Visit one of only seven remaining Egyptian Theatres left in the US. And stop by our local corn boil as DeKalb’s Corn Fest will be just outside!

The Egyptian Theatre has roots back to the age of the pharaohs. This historic structure owes this connection to the discovery of the tomb of King Tut in 1922 that set off a nationwide interest in everything Egyptian. The Egyptian influence reached DeKalb County in 1928, when the DeKalb Theatre Company was trying to settle on a design for a combination motion picture house and vaudeville theatre. Needing a larger facility than its theatre at the corner of First Street and Lincoln Highway, the firm talked with Chicago theatre architect Elmer F. Behrens. Contracts for the new theatre were awarded in 1928, but construction, other than a foundation excavation, did not start until spring of 1929. Dale Leifheit was president of the DeKalb Theatre Company and served as the building

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