Norka Theater

1097 E. Market Street,
Akron, OH 44305

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The Norka (Akron spelled backwards) was a small theater on East Market Street across from the Goodyear plant in Akron, Ohio. It opened in January 15, 1910.

When I attended as a child in 1941-2 you could count on a double feature, a newsreel and "selected shorts" consisting of a cartoon, live comedy –and on Saturday a serial.

When I returned to that Akron in the late-1990’s the entire area had been demolished and replaced by a parking lot.

Contributed by JOE SEDELMAIER

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richhd5 on December 5, 2006 at 7:45 am

This little theater reopened briefly in the 1960’s after many years of closure. I passsed it each day on the way to the U of Akron so the time frame was mid 1960s.

bebe on May 4, 2012 at 8:19 pm

I was 10 years old in 1940 and I remember what a treat it was to attend the Norka every Saturday afternoon. My mother would drop me off and pick me up because the audience was almost all loud noisy kids. For a dime, you could buy a sack of penny candy and a sack of popcorn. What fun! I loved “Flash Gordon” serials the most! My dad worked at the Good Year Plant across the street for 15 years. The Rialto Theater was just up the street and my mother and I attended many double features and then my dad would meet us to walk together after his shift. At one time, the theater turned on the lights and allowed the audience to play “WhaHoo” like Bingo. I won a radio two different times. The Good Old Days! I also saw the Ink Spots at the Rialto.

adamghost on March 2, 2016 at 12:11 am

Reported as just opened in the February 1, 1910 issue of The Nickelodeon.

rivest266 on November 5, 2016 at 1:43 pm

This opened on January 15th, 1910

Grand opening ad in the photo section.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 3, 2022 at 2:23 am

The Norka Theatre got a CinemaScope upgrade, as noted in this item from Motion Picture Herald of January 7, 1956: “Clifford Shearon has reopened his Norka theatre in Akron, Ohio, following a remodeling program, which included a new wide-screen and new projectors.”

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