DeKalb’s historic Egyptian Theatre undergoing renovation
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — DeKalb’s 90-year-old Egyptian Theatre is to undergo a multi-million-dollar renovation project.
The (DeKalb) Daily-Chronicle reports the historic building will get air conditioning, more bathrooms and become more accessible to the disabled. Improvements will be done to carpeting, lighting, storage and concessions.
The theater seats nearly 1,400 people. The $4.5 million project will be supplemented by $2.5 million in tax increment financing from the city.
Theater executive director Alex Nerad says adding air conditioning will have a “significant impact.” He says ornamental work and decorative painting deteriorates faster without climate control. The air conditioning also will let the theater operate year-round and increase the number of shows offered.
Theater board president Dan Schewe says the board is “thrilled to be part of the renaissance that is occurring in downtown DeKalb.”
Information from: The Daily Chronicle, http://www.daily-chronicle.com