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Venue History

The Coronado PAC opened on October 9, 1927 as an atmospheric style theatre and movie palace - complete with Spanish castles, Italian villas, oriental dragons, starlit skies and a Grande Barton Pipe Organ. Countless show business legends, including the Marx Brothers, Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin, Bob Hope, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Gypsy Rose Lee have performed on the Coronado PAC stage.

The Coronado PAC was the romantic setting for countless movie-going couples on their first date, and a Saturday outing for kids watching cartoons and movies through 1984. Over the years, the theatre has also played host to high school graduations, political rallies and community events.

After decades of use, the grand dame Coronado PAC received a much needed facelift between 1999 and 2001, with the community-wide support of the city of Rockford, individuals and corporations. Spear-headed by the Friends of the Coronado, a non-profit organization formed in 1997, the theatre was reborn in January, 2001 in its original grand style as a state-of-the-art performance and entertainment facility after an $18.5 million restoration.

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Covid-19 Policy Update Statement

In accordance with the State of Illinois, the BMO Harris Bank Center and Coronado Performing Arts Center will no longer require mask wearing for fans of any age for admittance to events, effective immediately. Guests who are more comfortable wearing a mask are encouraged to do so.

Certain event promoters may independently make additional requirements which could include, without limitation, mandatory facemask requirements at all times. We will advise primary ticket purchasers for each event of the health and safety protocols ultimately applicable to such event when determined, which shall, as applicable, be informed by CDC, State, City, event promoter, and/or sport governing body COVID-19 health and safety guidance and protocols. In addition to this, government mandates, venue protocols and event requirements are subject to change and changes in protocol are not grounds for a refund. Therefore, we encourage guests to check our website and official ticketing pages on Ticketmaster.com prior to purchasing tickets and leading up to event day. Guests may also email or call our box office with questions regarding specific event policies at boxoffice@asmrockford.com and 815-968-5222.