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 W. 119th Street, at the intersection of S. 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
dougbruton on October 10, 2006 at 10:24 am

Natalie,
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
Doug

MIKEC
MIKEC on November 21, 2006 at 12:21 pm

ROSELAND PEOPLE:
ARE YOU AWARE OF THESE ROSELAND MESSAGE BOARD LINKS?

http://www.gromak.com/phpBB2/index.php

http://www.chicagosnapshot.com/board/index.php?

MIKE C.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 26, 2008 at 6:53 pm

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

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on July 26, 2012 at 10:22 pm

I’ve uploaded a 1953 photo of the theatre.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on February 5, 2013 at 12:55 am

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

Mister_Comics
Mister_Comics on September 16, 2014 at 4:53 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
DavidZornig on September 3, 2015 at 10:10 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
RickB on September 4, 2015 at 8:03 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…

Broan
Broan on January 17, 2016 at 3:43 pm

Here is a THSA photo of the Normal

rockndeco
rockndeco on June 11, 2017 at 1:09 pm

Just added a photo of an advertising flyer from 1939. A Normal Theatre flyer advertising coming attractions from February 25 through March 3, 1939. Double features included Brother Rat & Girls on Probation, Illegal Traffic & Always in Trouble, The Citadel & Adventure in Sahara, Suez & Tarnished Angel. Plus a free Marvel Shaver to every man paying an evening admission for nine consecutive weeks! And starting March 7 & 8, free to the ladies – a Speedy-Clean lifelong chrome cooking utensil set. This flyer lists their address as 454 W. 119th St (at Normal).

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