August 12, 2023

Egyptian Theatre Receives $2,470 Community Needs Grant from DeKalb County Community Foundation

The Egyptian Theatre in downtown DeKalb is pleased to announce that it has been awarded
a Community Needs Grant in the amount of $2,470 from the DeKalb County Community Foundation.

The grant will be utilized by the Egyptian Theatre to acquire additional transport wheelchairs, adult
booster seats, and bariatric chairs. This investment will significantly enhance the theater’s ability to
accommodate individuals with various mobility requirements, providing them with a comfortable and
enjoyable theatre-going experience.

“We are tremendously grateful to the Community Foundation for their generous support,” said Alex
Nerad, Executive Director of the Egyptian Theatre. “These funds will enable us to expand our accessibility
initiatives and create a welcoming environment for all community members. With these new assets, we
can ensure that everyone can fully participate in the cultural and cinematic experiences we offer.”

The Egyptian Theatre has a long-standing commitment to inclusivity and accessibility. This grant aligns
with the theater’s mission to provide an enriching experience for all community members, regardless of
their mobility challenges. By investing in these additional resources, the Egyptian Theatre aims to
remove barriers and promote equal access to the arts for everyone.

“We believe that culture and entertainment should be accessible to all individuals, regardless of their
physical abilities,” added Nerad. “Through the purchase of these specialized chairs and equipment, we
strive to create an inclusive environment where everyone feels valued and welcome.”

The Egyptian Theatre extends its sincere appreciation to the Community Foundation for their dedication
to supporting local nonprofits and improving the lives of residents. Together, they are working towards a
more inclusive community where everyone can participate and enjoy the vibrant cultural offerings.

The Egyptian Theatre located at 135 N. 2nd Street in Downtown DeKalb, IL is owned and operated by
Preservation of Egyptian Theatre, Inc. a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Annual support provided by
First National Bank, Northwestern Medicine, Shaw Media, and Tapa La Luna.