2019 Expansion Project

Tax deductible donations can also be mailed to:
Egyptian Theatre
Attn: Expansion Project
135 N. 2nd Street
DeKalb, IL 60115

“90 years….and more to come”

Phase One – Priority Patron Amenities and Air-conditioning
Size:   approx. 4,200 sq ft (2 stories with basement)
28 ft addition to the south in Palmer Ct. (85 ft long starting from west end)
Estimated Construction Cost: $5.5 million
Completion Date: Spring 2020

Description: Increase size of public restrooms on first and second floor to meet current recommended standards.  Increase the size of the concession stand to maximize serving stations and add in-house liquor license.  Add concession stand on second floor for balcony.  Provide ADA accessibility in restrooms and at concession stand.  New historically appropriate carpet throughout theatre.


  • Acquire liquor license that would increase programming opportunities and generate additional revenue. Currently estimated at $100,000 in additional gross revenue each year.
  • Ability to accommodate larger audiences on a regular basis, more comfortably and efficiently.
  • More environmentally friendly theatre with lighting and water upgrades.
  • Offer year round programming with the addition of air-conditioning.
  • Become a sought after summer wedding venue with the addition of air-conditioning.
  • Ability to maintain historic facility with temperature control in regards to heat and humidity resulting in improved preservation and lower maintenance costs.
  • Provides inclusivity through ADA improvements at concessions and all restrooms.
  • Builds upon existing competitive advantages compared to other performance venues in the region.
  Existing Proposed
Main Floor – Women’s 3 Stalls / 2 Sinks 14 Stalls / 8 Sinks
Main Floor – Men’s 3 Stalls / 2 Sinks / 3 Urinals 4 Stalls / 5 Sinks / 10 Urinals
Mezzanine – Women’s 2 Stalls / 2 Sinks 6 Stalls / 4 Sinks
Mezzanine – Men’s 1 Stall / 1 Sink / 1 Urinal

3 Stalls / 3 Sinks / 5 Urinals

Main Floor – Concessions 2 Stations 4 Stations
Mezzanine – Concessions 0 Stations 2 Stations

Project Architect: Lisa Sharp – Sharp Architects, Inc.

Project Construction Manager: Steve Irving – Irving Construction Co., Inc.

Project Team: 
Mechanical/Plumbing/Electrical Engineer: RTM Associates
Structural Engineer: Hutter Trankina Engineering
Acoustical Engineer: Soundscape Engineering
Civil Engineer: C.E.S. Inc.
Food & Beverage Consultant: Clevenger Associates
Interior Designer: Elevated Edge Interiors

Timeline of Events

December 18, 2018 – DeKalb City Council approves $2.5 million in TIF funding towards project

December 19, 2018 – Egyptian Theatre Board of Directors approves contracts with Sharp Architects and Irving Construction.

January 7, 2019 – Engineering and preliminary design work begins

February 20, 2019 – City of DeKalb Planning & Zoning Commission approval

March 11, 2019 – DeKalb City Council approve property conveyance to Egyptian Theatre for expansion

May 1, 2019 – Groundbreaking ceremony (90 years to the day after construction started on the existing building)

July 1, 2019 – Removal of existing heating system, fans and ductwork begins.

July 15, 2019 – Digging begins and concrete is poured for first new footing.

August 12, 2019 – Shoring installation begins for addition.

August 30, 2019 – Concrete pouring begins for foundation wall footings.

September 25, 2019 – New auditorium air handlers are craned into the addition basement.

September 27, 2019 – First floor precast panels installed.

October 10, 2019 – Second floor precast panels installed.

November 5, 2019 – Roof of addition completed.

Financial Support Provided By:
Updated 01/06/20

$2.5 million
City of DeKalb

Ron & Nancy Proesel

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Tourism
Steve & TJ Irving
Dan & Kathy Schewe

DeKalb County Community Foundation


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Tax deductible donations can also be mailed to:
Egyptian Theatre
Attn: Expansion Project
135 N. 2nd Street
DeKalb, IL 60115

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