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Historic Dixon Theatre

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 20 August 2019 in Architecture and Portfolio.

In 1920, Leonard G. Rorer, then manager of Dixon’s Family Theatre, announced he had purchased the site of the old Opera House in downtown Dixon “for the purpose of erecting the finest show house to be found between Chicago and Des Moines and from Rockford to LaSalle”. The Dixon Opera House had opened in 1876 and was the entertainment center of the area until it was destroyed by fire in early 1920. On March 15, 1922, the Dixon Evening Telegraph announced in its headline the opening of the new Dixon Theatre. A large picture of the theatre’s façade had a prominent position on the front page and several columns were devoted to a description of the interior features and decorations.

In 1922, the Dixon Theatre cost $200,000.00 to build and the local architect was William J. McAlpine, who also designed the Lee County Courthouse, the Old Post Office, and the Dixon National Bank among other public buildings. The theater, which was designed for vaudeville and later used as a movie theater, has a large stage, orchestra pit, beautiful domed ceiling which is phenomenal for natural acoustics and many other amenities necessary for the performing arts.

For several decades, the Dixon Theatre offered the Dixon area a beautiful, grand facility. Many people from this area have fond memories of dates to movies, and many area young people were introduced to plays, opera and ballet at the Dixon Theatre. The Theatre is currently a rental facility and provides a place for organizations to hold all kinds of events at user-friendly prices. Several times a year, fundraisers for the theater help to defray expenses. The Theatre accommodates live stage productions, concerts, opera, ballet, classic films, lectures, meetings, seminars and conferences.

Photo captured July 14, 2019.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 125 33 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Nice looking street view.

20 Aug 2019 5:19am

yoshimiparis from France

magnificent building and architecture as well as superb post production processing
ps: could you give the link of google map so that I can look and walk down (to thousands of km from France)? Thanks in advance

20 Aug 2019 5:27am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Jolie façade dans une très belle lumière.
Bonne journée Steven

20 Aug 2019 6:12am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Ces touffes de fleurs colorée sur les lampadaire quel édifice excellent

20 Aug 2019 6:15am

jpla from St Barthélémy, France

Un joli bâtiment

20 Aug 2019 6:53am

Dreams come true from Utrecht, Netherlands

Interesting story from this beautiful building.
A fantastic composition and photo.

20 Aug 2019 6:59am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Very nice old building.

20 Aug 2019 8:51am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

nicely documented and captured architectural shot

20 Aug 2019 9:45am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Love the patterns and the colours!

20 Aug 2019 9:49am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

This is a impressive building Steven and very well photographed. 5*

20 Aug 2019 10:28am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

very nice architecture

20 Aug 2019 11:03am

Rose from CLINTON, United States

It looks to be a fine old building.

20 Aug 2019 11:04am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Interesting architecture.

20 Aug 2019 11:17am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

A beautiful building very well photographied with flowers and superb sky !

20 Aug 2019 11:42am

MEC from Setúbal, Portugal

Wonderful image!

20 Aug 2019 12:33pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Beautiful image..
Thank you for all the information !

20 Aug 2019 3:10pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

How do you always manage to get photos with no cars or people? Beautiful warm light and point of view.

20 Aug 2019 3:27pm

@Ruthiebear: I did have one with a car and motorcycle which I thought gave it scale, but thought it may be more of a detraction.

willy from Belgium

une belle édifice avec une histoire Steven

merci pour les explications intéressantes


20 Aug 2019 6:12pm

London Caller from United Kingdom

Is this theatre located on the same street as the PO?
I can see the same slope...
Wouldn't it be nice to see tram cars there like San Francisco? :)

20 Aug 2019 6:37pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Very impressive view.

20 Aug 2019 6:56pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

bien vu

20 Aug 2019 7:01pm

RolandTheys from Gerpinnes, Belgium

A wonderful architecture! Good photo

20 Aug 2019 7:21pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Superbe architecture. Ton cadrage toujours top. Extra Steven. Bonne soirée.

20 Aug 2019 8:08pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

some people dream of the world's biggest/best, a more modest goal is the " finest ... between Chicago and Des Moines and from Rockford to LaSalle..."and it looks like mission accomplished. And your usual fine shot of it.

20 Aug 2019 11:42pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Quite an impressive building.

20 Aug 2019 11:46pm

Don from Spokane, United States

And elegant theater that is very historic.

20 Aug 2019 11:50pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

It has such a rich and wonderful history. I am glad that it used still today. The building is beautiful.

21 Aug 2019 1:21am

Remus from Portugal

A sober and straight-line building, with a clear appreciation of functionality rather than beautification and adornments.

21 Aug 2019 2:17pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

love, love the historic districts of all our towns and cities

22 Aug 2019 2:54pm

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

What a handsome building! I like that you kept the lovely flower baskets in the frame! Thank you for the history!

23 Aug 2019 2:13am

The Yum List from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I see you're on an architecture theme for these few photos.

24 Aug 2019 3:09am