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ADA Services

  • The theatre provides seating for persons that require ADA seating with companion seating if necessary.
  • The theatre sound system is equipped with hearing assistance.  Both headphones and neck loops are available at no cost.  Simply ask at the box office or concession stand if you would like to use one for an event.
  • The first floor restrooms are ADA accessible.
  • All ADA seating is on the first floor.
  • Due to the historic nature of the Egyptian Theatre, built in 1929, there is no elevator to the mezzanine or balcony.
  • The sidewalk underneath the marquee may also be used for drop-off and pick-up.
  • Handicapped parking spaces are available in the Van Buer Plaza parking lot located directly across the street from the theatre.


Theatre Location & Mailing: 135 N. Second Street DeKalb, IL 60115


The DeKalb area is serviced by 3 major airports: O’Hare International Airport, Midway International Airport and Rockford International Airport.  The DeKalb Municipal Airport is located just minutes away from the theatre and can accommodate private planes.


For safety and as a courtesy to other patrons, please do not sit or stand in the aisles. Aisles should be kept clear at all times. We ask that you comply with these policies. Any patron not in compliance is subject to ejection.


The Egyptian Theatre has a strict policy towards animals on the premises and therefore does not allow animals or pets at The Egyptian Theatre under normal circumstances, with the exception of service animals such as guide dogs. The ADA defines a service animal as any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability.


There is an ATM in the theatre lobby for your convenience.

Box Office Hours

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • One hour prior to all events.  30 min prior to movies.
  • Closed on most major holidays.


Video cameras, monopods, tripods, audio recording devices and cameras with telephoto or zoom lenses, including SLR’s, are not permitted for most events at the Egyptian Theatre.  For each event this decision is made by the producer or promoter typically because of strict copyright laws or for the safety of performers.  This policy will be strictly enforced.  Please check with the box office to see what is allowed for any specific event.

Coat Check

The theatre does not have a coat check.

Concealed Carry

The theatre does not allow concealed carry on any portion of theatre property.  Only uniformed officers are allowed to carry on theatre property.


Outside food or drink is not permitted.  The theatre has a concession stand which is in operation for all of our shows and features Coke products, popcorn, and candy along with beer, wine, and cocktails.  All items may be taken into the theatre during events.

We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and most contactless pay options.


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Doors Open

  • Doors open an hour before any live performance or event unless otherwise specified.
  • Doors open 30 minutes before any film unless otherwise specified.

Dress Code

Unless otherwise noted, The Egyptian Theatre does not have a formal dress code. We do ask, however, that you use your best personal judgment when dressing for an event.


Due to the historic nature of the Egyptian Theatre, built in 1929, there is no elevator in the building.


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Event Schedule

Our event schedule changes frequently. Click here for the current schedule.


If a performance is playing multiple nights and tickets are still available we can exchange tickets for an alternate performance after they have been purchased.


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Gift Cards

We offer gift cards that can be purchased at the box office.  Gift cards offer flexible dollar amounts.  Gift cards can be used at the box office, online box office, and at concessions.


The distribution of promotional items, flyers, handbills or printed materials is not permitted without written permission of The Egyptian Theatre. In addition, vending, peddling or product sampling is not allowed.

Haunted Tours

The theatre is available to paranormal investigators. More information can be found here.

Historic Egyptian Theatre

Opened in 1929, The Egyptian Theatre is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. To read more about the history of the Egyptian Theatre click here.


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Lost and Found

If you’ve misplaced an item while you’re still at the theatre, please check with one of our volunteers or staff. Any items found by ushers or other patrons will be taken to the Concession Stand. If you’ve already left the theatre, please call the theatre at 815-758-1215 and we’ll be happy to check our Lost and Found for you.

Mailed Tickets

If your tickets are to be mailed, you should receive them within a reasonable amount of time, generally 7 to 10 business days. If you do not, please contact the Egyptian Theatre – no later than 24 hours before the day of a performance to insure proper attention.

Membership Opportunities

Our membership page can be reached by clicking here.


Click here to sign up to receive our E-newsletter in order to be the first to know about new events and special offers.


There is ample free parking near the theatre. Parking area map.

Payment Types Accepted

Box Office: We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
Checks made payable to the Egyptian Theatre with drivers license are accepted.

Concessions: We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and most contactless pay options.


P.E.T. stands for Preservation of Egyptian Theatre. P.E.T. is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that owns and operates the historic Egyptian Theatre. More information can be found here.


Video cameras, monopods, tripods, audio recording devices and cameras with telephoto or zoom lenses, including SLR’s, are not permitted for most events at the Egyptian Theatre.  This policy will be strictly enforced.  Please check with the box office to see what is allowed for any specific event.


There are no refunds.  All sales are final.

In the event that a performance is either cancelled or postponed, the Egyptian Theatre will make every effort to contact every patron via e-mail, time permitting.  For canceled or postponed events, patrons will be given the option of a full refund, exchange to a different event, or the ability to donate the tickets to the Theatre.


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Resale Tickets

The Egyptian Theatre can only provide customer care, and service, for tickets purchased through the Egyptian Theatre or its affiliates. Tickets that have been purchased via resale cannot be guaranteed.  All tickets for every event at the Egyptian Theatre should only be purchased through the Egyptian Theatre box office online, over the phone, or in person.


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Restricted Items

The following items are not permitted entry into the Egyptian Theatre. Such items will be asked to be disposed of or returned to the vehicle.

  • Wagons, Skateboards, Scooters (unless for medical purpose), Bicycle, Inline Skates, Shoes with built-in wheels, Drones, Remote Control Toys, Folding chairs
  • Suitcases, coolers, or backpacks with or without wheels. Coolers required for medication may be stored at the concession stand.
  • Any trailer-like object that is pushed or towed by an ECV, wheelchair, or stroller
  • Wheeled mobility devices with less than 3 wheels and devices that cannot maintain stability and balance when stopped, powered off, or unoccupied. Training wheels or similar modifications are not permitted.
  • Weapons of any kind or objects that appear to be weapons (toy guns, toy blasters, squirt guns, etc.)
  • Glass containers (excluding baby food jars and perfume bottles)
  • Pets (unless they are service animals, defined as any dog or miniature horse trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of the individual with a disability.)
  • Large costumes that would impeded the comfort or sight-lines of other patrons, any mask or hood covering the face of an individual.


General admission seating means that there are no assigned seats.
Reserved seating specifies which seat you will be seated in for an event.

Seating Capacity

The theatre can seat a maximum of 1,397 with 847 on the main floor (8 wheelchair seats available with reduced capacity) and 550 in the balcony.


In accordance with State of Illinois law, smoking indoors is prohibited; this includes vaping. You may smoke outside the building at least 15 feet from any entrance.  You must retain your ticket for admittance back into the building.

Theatre Information

The Egyptian Theatre has Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages. Follow us on social media to stay up to date on theatre activity. In addition the theatre has a monthly newsletter which contains information on upcoming shows and events.


Tickets can be ordered online. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 815-758-1225.  Tickets can also be purchased during box office hours, Tickets can be held at Will Call, mailed, or printed at home.

In accordance with the request of some shows, children under the age of 3 years will not be admitted.  When in affect, it will be clearly stated on that events ticket page.  Some shows make further age appropriate recommendations and the Egyptian Theatre will provide those on our website; however, judgement of the content for each show should be made on an individual basis prior to purchase. All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

Convenience Fees

There are additional fees added to the purchase of tickets when tickets are purchased online or over the phone.  Tickets purchased in person at the Egyptian Theatre box office do not incur any fees.  Tickets purchased online or over the phone also have delivery options which may incur additional fees.


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The Egyptian Theatre rarely cancels or postpones events due to inclement weather. Refunds will not be issued for anyone that chooses not to attend due to inclement weather.  Should a decision be made to cancel or postpone an event, this information will be posted, as soon as we receive it, on our website, social media, and emailed to ticket holders. Please continue to check our website and social media for the latest, up-to-the-minute information.


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Will Call

If your tickets are to be “held at will call”, they will be at the venue Will Call table at the time of the performance. The box office opens 60 minutes before live events and 30 minutes before movies and tours. It would be helpful if you can arrive early to allow for parking and to avoid the last minute rush.  You MUST have a photo ID or the credit card you used to purchase the tickets in order to pick them up.  The signor of the credit card used for the purchase will be required to sign for the tickets in order to pick them up.

Volunteer Opportunities

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