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Contact: Anna Marie Coveny, Nehring Gallery Director 
(815) 758-6363 

November 10, 2009

Nehring Gallery hosts ‘Egyptian Theatre: 80 Years of History’

DeKalb, Ill. — Nehring Gallery announces a historical exhibition celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Egyptian Theatre.

The exhibition will run through Thursday, Dec. 10, and features photographs of the interior and exterior of the theater through the years, as well as newspaper articles highlighting the opening, possible closing, saving and restoration of the building; movie and event posters; and a rarely seen collection of signed photographs of vaudeville performers.

The exhibition also features contemporary photographs used to create a special 2010 Egyptian Theatre commemorative calendar. Calendars are available for sale through the Egyptian Theatre or online at, and a drawing for a calendar will be held.

A series of free Wednesday noon gallery talks are scheduled, and attendees are invited to bring a brown bag lunch.

  • Nov. 18, Mary Beth Van Buer, Egyptian Theatre Restoration Committee chair
  • Dec. 2, Pat Clark-Beard, Egyptian Theatre archivist
  • Dec. 9, Alex Nerad and Pat Clark-Beard

A closing reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, on the actual anniversary of the Egyptian Theatre’s opening, in the Nehring Gallery. The gallery also will be open for the scheduled Wednesday noon gallery talks, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 5, and by appointment. Contact Anna Marie Coveny, gallery director, at (815) 758-6363 or

The Nehring Gallery is located at 111 South Second St. in the Nehring Center for Culture and Tourism. The gallery is free and open to the public. Group tours are especially welcome. The accessible entrance is located under the Nehring Gallery awning.

Nehring Gallery is operated cooperatively by the DeKalb Park District, the NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts and the NIU Division of University Outreach. For further information, visit

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