209 W. North Street,
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The Normal Theater (Official)
Architects: Arthur F. Moratz
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Opened on November 17, 1937 with an original seating capacity of 691, the Normal Theater is owned by the Town of Normal, Illinois and is operated as a non-profit movie theater devoted to showing classic, independent and foreign films in an historically restored, Art Moderne movie palace. It has been completely restored and is open Thursdays through Sundays weekly.
The Normal Theater is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has won the Illinois Landmarks Preservation Council’s Preservation Project of the Year 1995. The theater is 100% restored to it’s original look. Black Vitrolite glass and a cream stucco exterior showcases the flashing red and green neon marquee. Inside, streamline design motifs include geometric wall sconces, a recessed double neon ceiling hoop through the auditorium, pluch carnelian vintage seats and a replica of the original carpet design, comprised of swirling swatches of cyan, yellow and magenta shapes.
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