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Coronado Theatre History
The Kerasotes Theatre Organization donates the Coronado Theatre to the City of Rockford.
The Friends of the Coronado is formed to raise $18.5 million to renovate and restore the historic
January, 2001 - The Coronado Theatre re-opens. The Grand Re-Opening celebration includes a black tie gala, two "Lights On" concerts and four days of community open houses.
Fall, 2002 – The Coronado celebrates its 75th anniversary with a gala event.
January, 2006 – Coronado Performing Arts Center Board of Directors is appointed by Rockford Mayor
February, 2006 – Scotland’s highly regarded Black Watch Pipes and Drums Band appears at the Coronado.
January 15, 2007 – Michael Goldberg becomes the Coronado’s first executive director.
January 15, 2007 - Rockford's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day City Celebration is held
at the Coronado for the first time.
March, 2007 – The Coronado presents a Spring Preview Season, with performances by the Soweto Gospel Choir, the Golden Dragon Acrobats of China and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
March, 2007 – The Coronado On-Stage Series debuts with singer/songwriter Susan Werner and An Evening of Irish Music with John Williams and Dean Magraw.
June 21, 2007 – The inaugural “Coronado Presents…” season of shows is announced to the public and series subscriptions go on sale.
June 30, 2007 – MetroCentre’s management of the Coronado officially ends.
July 1, 2007 – The Coronado Performing Arts Center’s Box Office opens under the management of CPAC staff with a newly-installed ticketing system.
October 20, 2007 - Arlo Guthrie appears on stage as the first show of the inaugural "Coronado Presents..." season.
April 6, 2008 - The Four Bitchin' Babes: Hormonal Imbalance...A Mood Swinging Musical Revue close out the "Coronado Presents" season with what they believe is a first for their show - 8 men in the front row.
Feb. 21, 2009 - Comedian and actor Martin Short appears at the Coronado for the first time in the Friends of the Coronado's first annual fundraising event to benefit CPAC.
March 21, 2009 - Music icon Gordon Lightfoot returns to the Coronado after a 22 year absence to perform many of his hits, including "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" and "Sundown".
June 21 - 23 , 2009 - Mamma Mia!, hit Broadway musical, has a three day run and is the Coronado's first summer show since CPAC took over.
September 3 - 6, 2009 - CPAC sells tickets for the On The Waterfront (OTW) main stage performances.
November 5 , 2009 - Comedian Jerry Seinfeld returns to the Coronado and delivers an excellent set.
February 5 - 6, 2010 - Menopause The Musical brings in women from all walks of life to vent about the one thing they all have in common, menopause.
March 27, 2010 - Comedic legends, Cheech & Chong, stop at the Coronado during their "Get it Legal" tour.
April 16, 2010 - The Coronado Performing Arts Center hosts Cafe Coronado, a fundraising event. An intimate on-stage reception with musical guests Joan Curto and Sandra Reeves-Phillips.
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