Egyptian Theatre

Egyptian Theatre Hard Hat Tours Showcase Renovations

Jan 22, 2020
Jenna Dooley

The discovery of King Tut’s tomb in the 1920s sparked pharaoh fever in architecture across the country.

One of the nation’s few remaining “Egyptian Theatres” is housed in downtown DeKalb. When it was built during the stock market crash, air conditioning wasn’t included. That’s been a problem ever since, says Executive Director Alex Nerad. He says there was an attempt to turn the building into a parking lot in the 1970s.

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The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO), Office of Tourism, announced several grants designed to increase tourism across the state.  According to a news release, the grants haven’t been awarded since 2015. The office says they will help bolster the state’s tourism industry which generated over $3 billion in tax revenue for state and local communities last year.

Among the recipients:

The Farnsworth House: $10,360

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World-renowned oceanographer and explorer Sylvia Earle recently visited the Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb.

The theater was packed for a showing of the documentary Mission Blue, which follows the TED Prize winner's personal mission to save the oceans from over-fishing and pollution. She says individuals need to be more aware of their actions.

“We should also again look in the mirror for every day things that we do and choices about what you eat, what you buy, and where you put your trash," Earle said.

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Northern Illinois University's visual and performing arts students are “taking the stage” at the Egyptian Theatre next week.

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Betty Hampa of Genoa was a freshman at Northern Illinois University in 1959. She says her friends invited her to volunteer as an usher at the Egyptian Theater for a visit by the then-Senator of Massachusetts.

“I just remember that he said things that would excite young people," Hampa recalls. "He seemed like he talked about going to the moon… a lot of exciting things. Because he was young, he was handsome. He just had this charisma about him or something that just really grabbed you."

#ProudlyDeKalb Holding Town Hall Meeting Thursday

Mar 23, 2016
Proudly DeKalb, Inc.

The #ProudlyDeKalb movement is holding a town hall meeting Thursday to discuss its area development plan. 

The group has made it to the top 15 of the America’s Best Communities competition, which will award $3 Million to the city with the best development strategy.   Project CEO Cohen Barnes says public feedback from the meeting will be invaluable when it comes to refining the plan for the next round of judging in Durham, North Carolina.