AMC Loews Norridge 10

4520 N. Harlem Avenue,
Norridge, IL 60706

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The Norridge Theatre originally opened in the late-1960’s as a twin. It was increased to four screens by the late-1970’s. Later, six more were added in another building.

The AMC Loews Norridge 10 was closed on July 15, 2012.

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on July 20, 2012 at 10:02 am

I think except for the Century 9 and the Metreon theaters and perhaps a few others, I think almost all the theaters within San Francisco are traditional slope floor theaters – Stonestown, Castro, Balboa, 4 Star, Embarcadero, Empire, Presidio, Bridge, Lumiere, Opera Plaza, Vogue, etc.

GFeret
GFeret on July 20, 2012 at 1:28 pm

no rocket science here, loews decided years ago the norridge didn’t bring in enough business to warrant multi-screen investment in digital projection, and from that point on they just wanted to phase the place out quietly

exact same thing happened a year or so ago w/ piper’s alley theatres

corporate execs. ask themselves “are we going to pay for new digital projectors on all these screens?” for each of their theatre properties and not in every case does the answer come back affirmative. especially when the underlying real-estate might have some pretty good value for other commercial ventures

quite a contrast to 3 decades ago or so when harlem avenue was so congested with cars turning into the norridge theatre parking lot on a friday/saturday night

oldest double-feature that comes to mind i saw at the norridge’s from early ‘70s – EXECUTIVE ACTION / RETURN OF A MAN CALLED HORSE

Justmyopinion
Justmyopinion on July 26, 2012 at 10:46 am

I grew-up in Norridge via the 70’s and 80’s. Lots of history and great memories of my town and Theater. Last time I was at the “Norridge” to see a show -was in the early 2000’s. Let me tell you. I was shocked and appalled by the riff raff cliental. Most/-all Norridge(ers) -has “NOT” utilized this gem of a “Once upon a time” Theater in many years- due to the bad cliental -and was forced to go elsewhere. With this said, I can see why “Norridge” is closing -and agree. Norridge is much too nice of an area to attract such a bad eliminate of people and criminals- such low-life’s. (Gang-Bangers) Norridge owners do not deserve this in their neighborhood. Let’s keep Norridge safe! Bad for the neighborhood -and too much unnecessary work for the fine Police Dept.
Sorry to see it go. End of an era.

-Just my opinion

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on October 7, 2012 at 9:03 am

I was thinking. It’s too bad someone like Classic Cinemas doesn’t step in and renovate this place. Look how well CC did with the North Riverside.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 7, 2012 at 10:48 am

True, but my guess is that even if Classic Cinemas could purchase or get a lease on the property, it probably would not be able or willing to make the expensive investment that would be needed in making the digital upgrade and other renovations to this dated ten-screener, especially with the Muvico megaplex so relatively nearby. Also, if AMC owns the property , it has to be remembered that the company frequently puts ‘no further cinema use’ clauses in sale agreements.

Cinemaven
Cinemaven on April 22, 2013 at 3:49 pm

In the end, The Norridge theatre became a sad case. That somehow saddens me if I look back. Especially when I seen some films there during the 1980’s. Those actually seemed like the “Good Old Days”. I guess with other cinemas, And somehow general neglect, Plus the prospect of another business potentially taking over. The days & nights of the Norridge theatre in bloom would become a thing of the past.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on April 22, 2014 at 7:42 am

The Maurice Lennel Cookie Company, which was just down the street from the Norridge Theatre, was recently demolished.

I wonder if a similar fate awaits the Norridge.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on April 22, 2014 at 2:13 pm

OMG they demolished Maurice Lennel.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on April 22, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Mikeoakandpark

https://www.flickr.com/photos/eddie-chicago-railfan/13983537793/ in all its sadness.

whtesoxfan56
whtesoxfan56 on November 3, 2014 at 12:43 pm

I never thought about that issue CSWalczak, but I bet you’re right that AMC put that in their leasing clause, as a condition of sale of this property. As for this theater, it’d be nice if Classic Cinemas were to bring this theater back to life, but who knows. They interestingly did take a chance and brought North Riverside Mall 6 back to life, despite the Kerasotes/AMC 14 theater a few miles east in Cicero.

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