DeKalb Theater

145 N. 3rd Street,
DeKalb, IL 60115

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Previously operated by: Anderson Theater Company, Kerasotes Theatres

Architects: Axel J. Claesson

Functions: Café

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: New DeKalb Theater

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DeKalb Theatre, DeKalb, IL

The DeKalb Theater opened on March 16, 1949 with Dennis Morgan in “One Sunday Afternoon”. It was dubbed “The Theatre of Tomorrow”.

Part of the Anderson Theatres circuit, the New DeKalb Theater was designed by Axel J. Claesson and contained a television lounge on its balcony level. Top ticket prices were 50 cents, with children’s prices as low as 15 cents.

Twinned in its later years as part of the Kerasotes circuit it was closed in 1991. The theater was for a while operated as a “brew pub.” It has since closed.

Opened to such fanfare over five decades ago, “The Theatre of Tomorrow” is now the “The Theatre of Yesterday”. By early-2018 it was in use as The House Cafe.

Contributed by Cinema Treasures, Paul Salley

Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

teecee on July 28, 2005 at 8:42 am

not sure if Mr. Rybinski owned the building or just the business.

Business operated from 1994 to 1998 at this theater.

Bruce C.
Bruce C. on November 16, 2009 at 10:33 am

The marquee and vertical sign are still intact but the DeKalb Theatre is now being used by Debutantes School of Cosmetology and Nail Technology. If you look closely at my picture listed above (posted by Chuck), the poster boxes have signs for Debutantes. Here is the link to the school:

kencmcintyre on March 25, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Here is another photo. Function should be changed to school or beauty school.

kencmcintyre on March 25, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Check out the virtual tour on the school site. Some good interior photos there.

TLSLOEWS on April 11, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Nice virtual tour.

TommyK on August 13, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Interesting Movie related link Tinseltoes. However, I need to set this 80-odd year old error straight. The 1930 ad piece has misidentified the photo as being of THE DEKALB theater on 3rd Street. The photo is actually of THE EGYPTIAN one block over on 2nd street. THE EGYPTIAN is also featured on this site. I was likewise confused when I first moved to the area. I used the theater as a landmark to find places near down-town. I kept getting lost until I realized there were TWO theater buildings in downtown DeKalb!

Darrel Wood
Darrel Wood on January 31, 2013 at 7:51 pm

In 1929 the Egyptian Theatre replaced an earlier DeKalb Theatre that was located southwest about a block and a half away at First Street and Lincoln Highway. At some point it became a Montgomery Ward until the 70s when that moved out onto Sycamore Road (past the DeVal Drive in, also here on Cinema Treasures). It was remodeled into retail and office space in the 1970s (I recall my dentist having the most psychedelic foil wallpaper throughout his office there).

rivest266 on August 29, 2016 at 1:49 pm

March 14th, 1949 grand opening ad in the photo section.

Trolleyguy on March 19, 2018 at 8:54 am

Now a cosmetology school and beauty salon. They have kept up the marquee very nicely.

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