AMC Loews Norridge 10

4520 N. Harlem Avenue,
Norridge, IL 60706

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aek316 on March 14, 2017 at 4:39 am

Uploaded a photo I took today of the front sign stripped to just its frame.

aek316 on March 14, 2017 at 4:27 am

I drove by the property today. The vintage Norridge sign that faced Harlem Avenue is sadly no more. They are in the demolition process in both buildings. I actually ran into a demo worker and he told me nearly everything has been gutted on the inside and that things were in rough shape inside before the demo work even started. It seems like there’s lots of work still to be done before it reopens.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on January 10, 2017 at 3:35 pm

I’m so glad they’re renovating this place.

rivest266 on November 11, 2016 at 5:47 pm

July 25th, 1975 and June 10th, 1977 grand opening ads for cinema 3 & 4 in the photo section.

CrustyB on October 19, 2016 at 6:13 pm

I saw JAWS here when I was a kid. There’s a stone in front that resembles the open-mouthed shark from the iconic poster for the movie. It’s still there.

Broan on October 19, 2016 at 4:01 am

The Norridge is currently being gutted to prepare for redevelopment of the original twin (later screens 5-10) into 4-6 AMC cinemas. The later addition 4 screens will be converted into retail.

I uploaded a diagram to make the sequence of additions and splits easier to understand. I think it is correct.

DavidZornig on August 10, 2016 at 3:26 am

Trib article about the new project.

GFeret on May 17, 2016 at 4:09 pm

I find it interesting in of course a stupid way that 2 blocks south from here you have the Harlem-Irving Mall where every last square inch obviously is at a retail development premium, but here the defunct norridge theatre parcel takes years before somebody gives a hoot about using it. the old RE adage “location-location-location” at its most bizarre

DavidZornig on May 17, 2016 at 12:49 am

It’s probably because of the clear spans of former auditoriums and lower costs of redevelopment versus demolition and new construction. Not to mention the time factor to tear down and start from scratch.

Broan on May 17, 2016 at 12:44 am

I’m surprised they’re actually interested in reusing the building.

DavidZornig on May 17, 2016 at 12:34 am

Plans for a new AMC theater and a Miller’s Ale House via the Tribune.

NicoToscani on December 24, 2015 at 7:17 am

I have so many happy memories of visiting this theater in the 70s though the 90s. It’s too bad it’s gone, but upgrading it to modern standards would have cost a fortune. Another part of my youth gone forever.

Broan on December 4, 2015 at 3:57 am

M&R. Fine journalism.

DavidZornig on December 4, 2015 at 3:50 am

This Trib article says it was and M&E 12 screen that closed in 2008. I can’t find another Norridge on CT, and I can’t imagine 22 screens at the same address.

amcbayplaza13 on November 27, 2014 at 10:07 pm

I never thought that AMC just closed their Loews Norridge 10. If Classic Cinemas will bring this theater back to life that will be awesome. AMC Kerasotes 14 is a few miles east in Cicero.

whtesoxfan56 on November 3, 2014 at 8:43 pm

I never thought about that issue CSWalczak, but I bet you’re right that AMC put that in their leasing clause, as a condition of sale of this property. As for this theater, it’d be nice if Classic Cinemas were to bring this theater back to life, but who knows. They interestingly did take a chance and brought North Riverside Mall 6 back to life, despite the Kerasotes/AMC 14 theater a few miles east in Cicero.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on April 22, 2014 at 11:27 pm

Mikeoakandpark in all its sadness.

Mikeoaklandpark on April 22, 2014 at 10:13 pm

OMG they demolished Maurice Lennel.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on April 22, 2014 at 3:42 pm

The Maurice Lennel Cookie Company, which was just down the street from the Norridge Theatre, was recently demolished.

I wonder if a similar fate awaits the Norridge.

Cinemaven on April 22, 2013 at 11:49 pm

In the end, The Norridge theatre became a sad case. That somehow saddens me if I look back. Especially when I seen some films there during the 1980’s. Those actually seemed like the “Good Old Days”. I guess with other cinemas, And somehow general neglect, Plus the prospect of another business potentially taking over. The days & nights of the Norridge theatre in bloom would become a thing of the past.

CSWalczak on October 7, 2012 at 6:48 pm

True, but my guess is that even if Classic Cinemas could purchase or get a lease on the property, it probably would not be able or willing to make the expensive investment that would be needed in making the digital upgrade and other renovations to this dated ten-screener, especially with the Muvico megaplex so relatively nearby. Also, if AMC owns the property , it has to be remembered that the company frequently puts ‘no further cinema use’ clauses in sale agreements.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on October 7, 2012 at 5:03 pm

I was thinking. It’s too bad someone like Classic Cinemas doesn’t step in and renovate this place. Look how well CC did with the North Riverside.

Justmyopinion on July 26, 2012 at 6:46 pm

I grew-up in Norridge via the 70’s and 80’s. Lots of history and great memories of my town and Theater. Last time I was at the “Norridge” to see a show -was in the early 2000’s. Let me tell you. I was shocked and appalled by the riff raff cliental. Most/-all Norridge(ers) -has “NOT” utilized this gem of a “Once upon a time” Theater in many years- due to the bad cliental -and was forced to go elsewhere. With this said, I can see why “Norridge” is closing -and agree. Norridge is much too nice of an area to attract such a bad eliminate of people and criminals- such low-life’s. (Gang-Bangers) Norridge owners do not deserve this in their neighborhood. Let’s keep Norridge safe! Bad for the neighborhood -and too much unnecessary work for the fine Police Dept.
Sorry to see it go. End of an era.

-Just my opinion

GFeret on July 20, 2012 at 9:28 pm

no rocket science here, loews decided years ago the norridge didn’t bring in enough business to warrant multi-screen investment in digital projection, and from that point on they just wanted to phase the place out quietly

exact same thing happened a year or so ago w/ piper’s alley theatres

corporate execs. ask themselves “are we going to pay for new digital projectors on all these screens?” for each of their theatre properties and not in every case does the answer come back affirmative. especially when the underlying real-estate might have some pretty good value for other commercial ventures

quite a contrast to 3 decades ago or so when harlem avenue was so congested with cars turning into the norridge theatre parking lot on a friday/saturday night

oldest double-feature that comes to mind i saw at the norridge’s from early ‘70s – EXECUTIVE ACTION / RETURN OF A MAN CALLED HORSE

CSWalczak on July 20, 2012 at 6:02 pm

I think except for the Century 9 and the Metreon theaters and perhaps a few others, I think almost all the theaters within San Francisco are traditional slope floor theaters – Stonestown, Castro, Balboa, 4 Star, Embarcadero, Empire, Presidio, Bridge, Lumiere, Opera Plaza, Vogue, etc.