Norwal Theater

518 W. 26th Street,
Chicago, IL 60616

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A theater operated at this address as early as 1913. The Butler could seat nearly 300 and was located on 26th Street between Normal Avenue and Wallace Street, not far from where today’s I-55 and I-90/94 cross. The Butler remained in operation into the mid-30s.

The theater was reopened sometime in the 40s as the Norwal (for its location near Normal and Wallace) and remained in operation into the 50s. The building was last used for retail, but was was torn down in the early 2000s.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Broan on March 31, 2005 at 11:54 pm

Was this later known as the Norval (Norwal? Normal?), operating into the 50s?

Broan on November 4, 2007 at 8:27 pm

It has since been demolished

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on February 13, 2010 at 10:29 am

If you check the Ramova Theatre Facebook site, there is an old picture of the Norwal Theatre.

CharlesR on May 18, 2016 at 7:12 am

Hey Tim, I can’t find that picture and really want to find one. Any tips?

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