Renovation Projects

Thanks to the support of the community we have been able to accomplish many projects over the years. Preservation of 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.

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2020 Lobby Expansion Project

Size: approx. 4,200 sq ft (2 stories plus a basement) 28 ft by 85 ft addition to the south of the lobby along Palmer Ct.
Project Cost: $6.5 million
Start Date: May 1, 2019
Completion Date: October 1, 2020
Project Scope: 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. Replace the building heating system and (for the first time since 1929) add air conditioning.
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

2020 Lobby Expansion Donors

Updated October 1, 2023

Financing Provided by:

  • First National Bank of Omaha
  • First State Bank
  • Heartland Bank
  • Resource Bank

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