AMC Loews Norridge 10

4520 N. Harlem Avenue,
Norridge, IL 60706

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brebel
brebel on January 4, 2007 at 8:47 am

I remember the Theater reopening and seeing Bad News Bears. If it wasn’t the first movie after the reopening it was close to it. 1978 sounds right.

keep the roller rink discussion going

Broan
Broan on December 26, 2006 at 12:52 pm

Here are pictures of this theater

shill66
shill66 on June 29, 2006 at 9:25 am

Didn’t mean to mislead, yes, dad was only assistant manager of Niles before going to Countryside as manager. My email is shill (at) harpercollege.edu – drop me a line, I couldn’t pull up an email address for you.

susiestahler
susiestahler on June 29, 2006 at 9:07 am

(More apologies for the roller rink discussion…)

Hi Steven – Here’s the scoop. The managers of the Niles were Bill Simpson and Elaine Calabrese. When I called Elaine about your comments, she totally remembered you and Warren. Warren was the manager of Countryside. (I too remember that rink shutting down in the late 70s. For whatever reason, we took those mushroom seats apart.)

My parents hope you are doing well and are curious to know how your father is doing. Drop me an email if you can.

shill66
shill66 on June 29, 2006 at 8:20 am

(Apologies for the roller rink discussion…)

Well, here’s where I’m coming from on the Niles Axle closing. My dad (Warren) was manager and my mom was cashier there. I was there when the building was sold and they shut down – I remember them taking the globe lights and disco ball down – and our family moved to Florida from 1978 to 1982. If it really did close in August 1984, something is seriously wrong with time, and I shouldn’t have stepped on that butterfly. :)

susiestahler
susiestahler on June 26, 2006 at 7:39 am

Paul is correct with regard to M&R history. However, the Niles Axle Roller Rink closed on August 8, 1984, not 1978 (as Steven Hill mentioned). My family members managed many of the M&R chains, including the Twin Drive-In, Evanston Theater, Niles Theater, etc.

Great memories!

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on May 24, 2006 at 6:05 am

The nearest theatres are the Melrose Park and the Pickwick. Even the new Golf Mill theatres won’t harm this place’s attendence.

Broan
Broan on May 10, 2006 at 9:38 pm

Nah, it’s on here as the Lansing 8. I’ll look it up and see if I can refine any further though.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on May 10, 2006 at 9:16 pm

Brian Wolf: here’s a research project for you, should you choose to accept it. I remember seeing ads for a theatre called River Run back in the 80’s. It would have been GCC or M&R. I got the impression that it was similar to Norridge, or the original Old Orchard or Randhurst Cinemas. No idea what town it would’ve been in. Don’t see a listing on this site. Could be remembering wrong, but am 99% sure that I am not.

jimpiscitelli
jimpiscitelli on April 28, 2006 at 7:49 pm

Cinemark Melrose Park is a distant away from the Norridge. Even though the Cinemark is the closet theater to my house I also go to the Norridge to see a movie that is not playing at the Cinemark.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on April 21, 2006 at 8:09 pm

Life’s Too Short:

The Old Orchard and the Norridge were both originally in the M&R chain. I grew up around here and frequented this place. It is good to see that it is doing well, still. But as you say, there’s no real competition within MILES of this place.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on April 21, 2006 at 7:06 pm

Cinemark in Melrose Park is far enough away that I don’t think there’s a hell of a lot of mutual draw. Someone who lives at Harlem & I-90 is not likely to drive all the way down Harlem and out North Ave. to get to the Cinemark when the film offerings are similar at both theatres.

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on April 21, 2006 at 6:33 pm

I’ve never been inside here, but my brother says it’s huge. I think it has something like 4400 seats in total. Anyway, is this theater doing well? Because Cinemark at Melrose Park is not far away.

Broan
Broan on April 21, 2006 at 6:49 am

I took a ride by it tonight. It looks to me like they had the twin, added a third screen the same size as the first one, split the original twin 3 ways each, and added more screens in the annex part. In other words the original twin is auditoriums 5-10 and the 1-4 is annex. The roller rink is some kind of kiddie amusement place now. I’m sort of surprised this theater is still around – and under loews/amc – since it’s not really in a shopping center, although there is a very busy shopping area surrounding it. Presumably it was also built to sap the audience from the old Harlem Outdoor.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on April 16, 2006 at 3:15 pm

I passed this place on the way home last night. Given that I had just been discussing it, decided to drive off of Harlem Ave. and take a look. It seems pretty cool. Reminds me a lot of the original Old Orchard, which is cool because I saw many great films there. There was a big crowd coming out of the place. This was something like 11:45 at night.

Broan
Broan on April 15, 2006 at 1:41 pm

They had the Howard Bowl at Clark and Howard for years, too. I thought I read somewhere they were getting back into movies again.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on April 15, 2006 at 12:15 pm

It seems that M&R got into all kinds of side-business. They had a car wash next to the Old Orchard Theatre. Now I know they had roller rinks. What other business lines did they get into?

I believe the M&R corporate entity still exists. But they don’t get into entertainment anymore. I think it’s basically a real estate speculation outfit now. I actually made a business call to the outfit one day years ago, and the guy who picked up the phone got into the story with me.

Broan
Broan on April 15, 2006 at 11:59 am

The original twin opened June 26, 1970 with “Paint Your Wagon” and “A Boy Named Charlie Brown”. It featured rocker seats and the architects were Edward Cohon and Associates. This must be one of the only theaters of this era still operating in Chicagoland.

shill66
shill66 on January 20, 2006 at 9:39 am

The Axle in Niles closed in either late 1977 or early 1978. The building was sold to Syms (which is still there). M&R also had an Axle Roller Rink in Countryside, which closed at roughly the same time.

TRAINPHOTOS
TRAINPHOTOS on August 13, 2005 at 8:40 pm

Yes, the Axle did have an organist.

TRAINPHOTOS
TRAINPHOTOS on August 8, 2005 at 3:51 pm

This theatre was originally owned by M&R. M&R also, at one time or another, owned the Lawrencewood, the Old Orchard, the Portage Park, and a few others. M&R also owned the Hub Roller Rink, which was next door to the Norridge. Later on, the Hub was called the Axle—but still owned by M&R. M&R also had an Axle Roller Rink in Niles, near the Golf Mill Theatres. Both roller rinks closed circa 1983, I beleive.

Later on, M&R was bought by Sony-Loew’s and the Norridge had the Sony Theatres logo on it.

reiermann
reiermann on July 14, 2005 at 11:39 am

For a while in the late 70’s/early 80’s this was a great place to see big-budget movies in 70mm and surround sound. I saw Aliens, Dracula, Scarface and Empire Strikes Back here. They sounded and looked great. The main auditorium, as I recall, was very large with good sightlines. I haven’t been here to see a movie since this time. They appear to be very popular and busy screens.

kimel0001
kimel0001 on February 26, 2005 at 4:47 am

That’s not good news. I hope that practice doesn’t become a trend with other theatre chains. I haven’t been to this particular theatre in 8 months for this reason alone. I doubt wheather I will ever go back as I’m lucky enough to have many other choices where the corn is popped on an as needed basis.
I thought theatre chains were working on providing better concessions and improved amenities to their modern theatres in order to intice people out of their homes and into the theatre. For Loews, this is a step in the wrong direction.

As a side note, I was outside of Chicago one night so I went to a 2nd run theatre in one of the suburbs. I ordered popcorn with horrible results. It had obviously been popped earlier in the day and was cold and stale. I had it with the vegetable oil with butter flavoring and the oil turned out to be rancid. Bad experience.

Ok, you caught me, I am a popcorn nut. I admit it. No need to ridicule me.

kimel0001
kimel0001 on February 26, 2005 at 1:05 am

This is a comment on the popcorn used at this Loews Theatre. I’ve noticed that the bins are filled with popcorn that comes in plastic bags even though they appear to have kettle poppers. Who knows how long these bags of popcorn have been in storage. It’s not as good as the truely freshly popped corn available in most Theatres at least during high peak hours. Is this typical of Loews Theatres to use bagged popcorn or is it just this Theatre. This may be me being picky, but good popcorn for me is a big part of going to a Theatre. Anyone with knowledge about this?

jimpiscitelli
jimpiscitelli on February 7, 2005 at 8:10 am

The theater had 70mm projection and later SDDS (Sony Dynamic Digital Sound) capability.