Renovation Projects

Current Projects
Nearly 30 years have passed since the last major renovation of the Egyptian Theatre started back in 1982. A lot of work has been completed over the past few years but we still have some significant projects ahead of us.  In the late 70s, Preservation of the Egyptian Theatre (P.E.T.) formed to save the theatre from destruction. Ever since. P.E.T. is here to address the issues that affect this jewel of DeKalb.  As with any historic building, there will always be maintenance, restoration, preservation, upgrades and improvements that are needed.

Some of the next projects on our priority list include:

  • Adding Air Conditioning
  • Replacing the carpet throughout the theatre
  • Renovating the concessions stand
  • Expanding the restrooms and box office
  • Repairing decorative plaster and paint work inside the auditorium
  • Retrofitting existing lights throughout the theatre to newer energy efficient lights
  • Improving ADA accessibility throughout the theatre

Past Projects
Thanks to the support of the community we have been able to accomplish many projects over the last few years.  Preservation of the Egyptian Theatre (P.E.T.) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and relies on the support of the community to continue the legacy of this great theatre. Donations are tax deductible and help us not only bring quality performing arts and film programs to DeKalb, but also help with the preservation and restoration of the theatre.

Here is a list of just some of the significant projects that have been completed in recent years.

  • 2005
    • Replaced roof over stage
    • Fixed exterior lighting
    • Boiler repairs
    • Tuckpointing
  • 2006
    • Replaced roof over lobby
    • Replaced makeup mirror lights in dressing rooms
    • Replaced 9 exterior exit doors and hardware
    • Stage electrical repairs
    • New water fountains in lobby and dressing rooms
    • Boiler repairs
  • 2007
    • Restoration of stained glass window in facade securing in new metal frame with storm glass on exterior
    • Tuckpoint facade
    • Refinish stage floor
    • Replace 8 additional exterior exit doors and hardware
    • Boiler repairs
    • Installation of a backflow prevention valve
    • Stage rigging and electrical upgrades
  • 2008
    • Replacement of failed sidewalk and retaining wall on west side of building
    • Installation of stage hoists for stage electrics to improve safety and efficiency
  • 2009
    • Air handler system repairs
    • Replaced auditorium roof
    • Replace failing fire alarm system
  • 2010
    • Restoration of lobby ornamental plasterwork and decorative painting
  • 2011
    • Installation of new seats
    • Replacement of sound system
  • 2012
    • Electrical repairs
    • Air handler system repairs
    • Sprinkler system design and consulting
  • 2013
    • Installation of sprinkler system
    • Replacement of stage door alley
    • Replacement of water heaters from 1983
    • Replacement of failing water faucets
    • Replacement of auditorium ceiling lights with new energy efficient LED fixtures
  • 2014
    • Building planning study
    • Replacement of front doors and improvements to signage, lighting and addition of an automatic door opener for improved ADA access

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