AMC Norridge 6

4520 N. Harlem Avenue,
Norridge, IL 60706

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Mikeoaklandpark on April 22, 2014 at 5:13 pm

OMG they demolished Maurice Lennel.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on April 22, 2014 at 10:42 am

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 6:49 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 1:48 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 12:03 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 1:46 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 4:28 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 1:02 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.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on July 20, 2012 at 12:17 pm

I always wanted to see a movie here but sadly I stopped working in Chicago for I got the chance.

Just looking at the pictures makes me wish there was a good old slope seated theatre I could see a movie at around San Francisco.

BobbyS on July 20, 2012 at 12:58 am

I will answer my own question. 4 days after closing for good, the attraction board is blank and the LOEWS THEATERS sign is removed. Gone forever..

BobbyS on July 18, 2012 at 1:25 am

I too am surprised AMC didn’t wait until September to shut it down especially since “Batman” opens Thursday pm. One of the sites are stll giving “BATMAN” showtimes for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Is it possible they will only show one movie this week-end?

aek316 on July 17, 2012 at 2:30 pm

I spoke to an employee at the theater as their number is still listed on Fandango and he told me AMC shut them down. No current plans for the building he said that’s strictly up to the landlords, but AMC is done with the theater. In a perfect world, someone like Classic Cinemas would step in and give it the new life it needs, but I’m sure some stupid big box store will be going there!

aek316 on July 17, 2012 at 2:27 pm

I knew this was coming. Broan is right on, they ran this place into the ground which is a horrible shame. 40+ years in business! While renovations were sorely needed, this theater was very unique. It had big screening rooms unlike the ones you have at today’s multiplexes, comfortable seats and a look that recalled theaters of yesteryear. As usual, AMC let it rot into oblivion just like they did with countless other theaters they owned that were older. Classic Cinemas please step in before it’s too late!

Broan on July 16, 2012 at 6:17 pm

You get the impression that AMC approached it like an old car – just enough maintenance to keep it running until something serious breaks, running out the clock.

whtesoxfan56 on July 16, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Yeah, same here. In a way, I’m not surprised it finally closed, since it was hemmoraging in its attendance for years. Muvico especially put a nail into the coffin(when it came to its attendance), as well as the opening of newer theaters in surrounding areas in recent years(i.e. Showplace 12(Golf Mill) in Niles, etc.).

The last several times I saw a movie here in recent years(and as recently as December 2011, primarily since it was the only theater it was playing at), I always got the impression AMC put next to no investment into this theater, vs. other ones they own(i.e. Village Crossing 18 in Skokie). I must say that I always got the impression the last few times I saw a movie here that if a company other than AMC owned Norridge(and threw some money to improve it, a la when Kerasotes renovated Webster Place), that it would’ve really helped things a lot. If this theater ever were to reopen(and I really doubt it, especially with the digital projection deadline being December 2012), I couldn’t see it being viable except as a 2nd-run theater.

CSWalczak on July 16, 2012 at 4:48 pm

I don’t see another operator taking it over especially for the reasons Broan cites; currently Chicago does not have many smaller operators except for Classic Theaters which I doubt would be interested. The closing will probably give the Muvico at Rosemont a boost.

Broan on July 16, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Norridge is so far different from what AMC’s direction is. I can’t see them investing in a non-stadium, irregular theater that requires 2 concession stands, 2 sets of bathrooms, has poor visibility, excessively large auditoriums, etc. Maybe a smaller operator will want to deal with it, but it would still need 10 digital projectors at a minimum and major renovations to bring audiences back. It would probably be more efficient to just build a new one, like AMC did at Randhurst.

Mikeoaklandpark on July 16, 2012 at 4:20 pm

So is the closure permanant or temporary?

Broan on July 16, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Yeah, I should have rewritten that before I posted. Here: The original twin theaters, which sat 1200 and 900 respectively, were ultimately subdivided into screens 5-10. I’m guessing at which screens were involved, but this sounds like the most likely series of expansions and splits to me. A third screen was added to the right side of the building (ultimately called Theater 1) and opened July 25, 1975. A fourth screen was opened June 10, 1977, which was probably the flat-roofed section to the far right of the building, now theater 2. A fifth screen was created by a split in 1983. Screens six and seven seem to have been additions to the rear of theaters 1 and 2. Three more screens were created by splits in 1988, opening on memorial day.

As for the closure, signs on the door of screens 5-10 explained that they were closed due to a water main break, which probably brought about the closure of the remaining screens. Otherwise it seems odd to close a theater a week before the opening of The Dark Knight Rises.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on July 16, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Broan: to quote Vinnie Barbarino…“I’m so confused!!!”

Broan on July 16, 2012 at 11:16 am

Here is an updated link to Box Office Magazine of November 2, 1970. I’m adding photos I took about 5 years ago and a couple from last night.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on July 15, 2012 at 3:23 am

BREAKING NEWS!!! Norridge closes tonight, Sunday, July 15.

rivest266 on June 23, 2012 at 1:05 pm

June 26th, 1970 grand opening ad has been uploaded in the photo section for this cinema.

KenC on September 17, 2011 at 5:56 pm

After the 10p.m. showing of STRAW DOGS last night, I asked an employee about the possibility of the Norridge closing. Low attendance (8 people in auditorium 1 ; perhaps 24 cars in the parking area at 9:45) did not look promising. He said every year there are rumors re: the theatre closing. But every year AMC renews the lease. Most important, they recently invested $10,000. for new air-conditioning. So, it looks like the theatre will remain open for at least the near future. Good news.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on July 4, 2010 at 9:46 am

Cinemark Fan,

Thanks for the shout out. It is amazing how this cinema has survived the other M&Rs and even outlived its supposed competitor, the Bricktown.

It’s too bad Kerasotes bailed so quickly on the cinema biz. Imagine what they could have done to this place, ala the Webster Place.