Why Choose the Masonic Event Center?

Whether hosting a student recital or a national concert tour, you have a number of venues to choose from in the tri-state region. The following are just a few reasons the Masonic Center is the best for your event.

Timeless Beauty and Grandeur

With neoclassical columns at the front entrances of the Center, the original ticket booths, the beautiful balconies, chandelier lighting within, and leather seating for 1,200, our auditorium provides a setting that is beautiful and elegant, enchanting your audience before the curtain rises.


Modern Sound and Lighting with HD Video

Despite the classic setting, our sound and lighting setup are state-of-the-art. You’ll have no trouble making your show look, feel, and sound exactly as you wish. The system also includes an HD projector system.

Our stage itself is the largest in Stephenson County at 3,888 square feet (54 x 72 ft.), and it can be converted to a dance floor.


Fully Equipped and Adaptable

In addition to great lights and sound, you’ll also have access to three dressing rooms, each equipped with their own bathroom, and two are equipped with showers. You’ll also have an orchestra pit, if you choose, and a full pipe organ.

Using the auditorium for a wedding or other event that could benefit from a grand entrance? A center aisle ramp can be placed to allow either a bride or performers to enter through the rear doors and proceed up to the stage.


Choose from Dozens of Backdrops

One of our most popular features is the more than two dozen pre-set backdrops, which can be lowered behind your performance or ceremony. Transport your audience to an Egyptian palace, a cathedral, or a garden, and save the trouble of dealing with your own sets.


Our rates are more than competitive when compared to similar venues in the region, and we can save you thousands of dollars compared to venues in Rockford or Chicagoland. This cost difference can bring you more profit, lower your ticket price, or just make sure a recital goes forward with less stress.


Let Us Show You What We Can Do

Does the Masonic Event Center seem like the right location for your performance? To learn more about the Center and the available options, simply contact us by phone at 815-365-8707, or fill out a brief contact form. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible to arrange a visit and answer any questions you may have.