Nortown Theater

6320 N. Western Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60659

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Nortown
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
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.