Nortown Theater

6320 N. Western Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60659

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Broan on June 9, 2005 at 9:01 am

From Russell Phillips' Galleries:

Nortown Candy Counter, 1982
Nortown Upper Lobby, 1984
Nortown Auditorium Entrance, 1984
Nortown Auditorium From Balcony, 1983

Such a pity, the shape it’s in now. Life’s too short, if you e-mail me (see profile) I may be able to show you more recent photos.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on May 18, 2005 at 11:11 am

Another great picture.

As I was driving up Western Ave recently, I noticed a protective walkway in front of the Nortown. Don’t know if they are getting ready to tear it down, getting ready to maintain it, or just protecting people from falling building fragments. Don’t know how much it matters at this point, as the building sounds thoroughly neglected.

Broan on May 11, 2005 at 7:47 am

View link Here is another 1960 view of the interior.

Broan on April 1, 2005 at 9:53 pm

Both. The division seems to have caused a lot of undue damage and the fact that it’s been sitting for some 15 years hasn’t helped. I’m told the basement is flooded quite badly. And it is apparently poorly secured enough that people can get in. It’s really unfortunate.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on April 1, 2005 at 7:20 pm

Bryan…is the bad condition due to unfortunate building renovations, deferred repairs, both?

Nortown on March 31, 2005 at 9:37 pm

I started as an usher at the Nortown Theater in 1977. Eventually, I became a relief manager for Plitt Theatres. In addition to the Nortown, I also worked at the Gateway Theater in Chicago and the Varsity Theater in Evanston. But the Nortown was my favorite. It had suffered from water damage to the ceiling and walls but was still beautiful. Many times, especially on weeknights, the attendance was low. But we would still pack the theater with the right movie. We had to open the balcony during the early part of a half year run with the movie Star Wars. The last movie the theater showed as with a single screen was Footloose in 1984. After that, Plitt tripled the theater and added two screens that were placed in the balcony. The atmosphere of the theater was never the same after it was tripled. I still have fond memories of working there.

mtaylor on March 6, 2005 at 3:57 pm

We lived a few blocks from the Nortown in the 50s and 60s and would go nearly every Saturday to watch Westerns for the admission charge of 25c. I remember seeing West Side Story in the early 60s. All the icons are disappearing. My other favorite movie venue, the Grenada, was demolished years ago.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on March 4, 2005 at 12:01 pm

Wow…that’s a nice photo. Even as a triplex, the lobby & upstairs theater were great. Don’t know what is left after the community center deal.