Pete Drnek in Rockford sends this note. There are more photos on the newspaper link below. We saw the handsome exterior of this theatre during a “photo op” on the way to see the Coronado during our 2003 Chicago Conclave / Theatre Tour. That was the trip that Save the Boyd’s Howard Haas still remembers for the cows seen in the fields along the way. Being a city boy, we Midwesterners had to explain to him that it wasnt yet dinner time so that’s why they weren’t in the barn.
“ I came across your group doing research on how to save our Midway Theater here in Rockford, ILL. The theater has had a rough history as of late starting with a fire in 1980 that gutted the lobby and apartments above. It was rebuilt but never reopened as a movie theater afterwards. In the years following it was used on and off as a music venue and performing arts stage but sadly that came to an end around 2003. That year our Coronado Theater reopened after a $60 million + restoration mostly funded thru grants and private donations from our community. The remaining performing arts groups at the Midway then moved to the Coronado. Sadly the Midway has passed thru several owners who have neglected her resulting in what you can see in the link in the Rockford Register Star. The roof collasped over the audiotorium area in front of the stage. The community is beginning to rally to save her but there are concerns the city may order a demolition soon. There is a group that has formed on Facebook called “Save the Midway”. ”