Normal Theatre

456 W. 119th Street,
Chicago, IL 60628

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Normal Theatre, Chicago

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This Art Moderne style movie house opened on March 21, 1936. The theatre was located in the West Pullman/Roseland neighboorhood, on 119th Street, at the intersection of Normal Avenue. The Normal Theatre operated through the 1980’s, but unfortunately has since been torn down and is today just a vacant lot.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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dougbruton on October 9, 2006 at 2:56 pm

The Normal was a nice neighborhood theater and I remember standing in line for about an hour to see Song of the South. Funny, that film has been withdrawn by Disney as racial. I thought it was a beautiful story, maybe I’m missing something. I took a picture of the Normal in 1990, it was closed and in very bad condition. Brought tears to my eyes. The Normal, Roseland, State, Parkway, Ridge and Verdi were the theaters I grew up with and still remember the first film I ever saw in 1942 at the Roseland…Boots & Saddles starring Gene Autry.
Doug Bruton Denison, Tx

Nataliejoy on October 10, 2006 at 7:10 am

Yes the last movie listed on the Normal marquee was Fort Apache, the Bronx, prior to it being torn down. The last movies I saw there were:
Cornbread, Earl & Me
It’s Alive and Adios Amigos (a double feature).

I also seem to remember seeing The Omen there. I remember the theater being a nice alternative to going downtown.

dougbruton on October 10, 2006 at 7:24 am

I took a picture of the Normal back around 1990…it was in bad condition and Fort Apache, the Bronx was still on the marquee. Great neighborhood theater and wonderful memories

MIKEC on November 21, 2006 at 9:21 am



kencmcintyre on November 26, 2008 at 3:53 pm

Listed at 456 W. 119 in the 1954 yellow pages. Phone number was COmodor 4-9132.

Trolleyguy on July 26, 2012 at 7:22 pm

I’ve uploaded a 1953 photo of the theatre.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on February 4, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Trolleyguy; what is the 36 Broadway/Devon trolley car doing at 119th Street on the South Side?

Mister_Comics on September 16, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Address is 456 W. 119th St. Whoever put 452 as the address may have got it wrong. Unless the address was changed in the 90’s, but I don’t think so. If you look at the photos of old show ads they show the address as 456.

DavidZornig on September 3, 2015 at 7:10 pm

Good photo added of the Normal Theatre after closing. Looks like it may have been a church briefly given the signage on the right. Undated photo courtesy of Tim O'Neill.

RickB on September 4, 2015 at 5:03 am

What is the 36 Broadway/Devon trolley car doing at 119th Street on the South Side? Just taking its regular route that began at 119th & Morgan and ran about 25 miles, mostly on State Street and Broadway until it ended at Devon. This through-routing appears to have lasted from 1937 to 1955, when buses replaced streetcars on the State Street segment. So if you didn’t like the attraction at the Normal, you could go see what was playing at the Granada…

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