Welcome to Rockford’s newest cultural, arts and community resource. Located at 118 N. Main St., Rockford, the 30,000-square-foot facility provides a multi-use performance and classroom venue for the region’s performing arts and technology training needs. The entire building is equipped with high-speed Internet and Wi-Fi access. Inside you’ll find the 280-seat J.R. Sullivan Theater, multiple meeting and classrooms and the state-of-the-art Walmart Computer Classroom.
Recently renovated, the J.R. Sullivan Theater offers a venue for RPL and community events ranging from band and dance performances to theater and multimedia productions. Enhancements include new lighting, audio and projection systems. Twenty-four moveable LED lighting fixtures allow for unlimited lighting and special effects. A commercial-grade wireless digital audio system and full-screen projection system provide breathtaking sound and movie experiences. The theater also offers a lobby with full service bar, box office, dressing rooms, and backstage area with loading dock.
Funded by a $50,000 grant from Walmart, the computer classroom offers some of the latest technology and software. Features include a UBI projector that turns any surface into a touchscreen, a 3D printer and 15 computer workstations. They’ll be used to help RPL provide the community with a wide variety of computer and technology courses – all at no cost to cardholders. Classes range from tutorials on popular software like Excel, PowerPoint and Quick Books to courses that show you how to design a website, program your iPhone, create a resume and more. Check the program calendar to see available classes.
In addition to the Walmart classroom, the Nordlof Center houses a children’s art studio, rehearsal room and three more classrooms. They’re used for a variety of RPL programs, including young adult movie nights, children’s events, classes en español, and adult programs. Check the program calendar for dates and times. These multi-use rooms are also available to rent for sales training, business meetings and other get-togethers.