DeKALB – The Egyptian Theatre in downtown DeKalb announced that it was extending its free weekly Hard Hat Tours through April 28.
As part of the 90-year-old theater’s $5.5 million expansion, beginning Jan. 14 the public is invited to the tours every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m, according to a news release. Tours will show the latest updates on the project, project renderings and offer an opportunity to ask any questions about the expansion.
Other changes include a two-story addition with a basement off the south side of the lobby to accommodate an increase in restroom facilities, concessions, storage and air conditioning.
“This will allow the theatre to be open year-round with programming for the first time,” according to the news release. “This project will have a substantial positive economic and cultural impact on the community.”
The theater has raised more than $4 million of the $5.5 million the project is expected to cost.
The Egyptian Theatre estimates 40,000 people through its doors each year, coming from 36 different states and 47 counties in Illinois and bringing in more than $2 million in direct economic impact. After the project attendance is expected to increase to more than 54,000 with a total direct economic impact in excess of $3 million, according to the release.
Source: The Daily Chronicle