Norshore Theatre

1749 W. Howard Street,
Chicago, IL 60626

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NORSHORE Theatre; Chicago, Illinois.

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Opened in 1926 and operated by Balaban & Katz, the palatial Norshore Theatre seated 3,017. The theater was located in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Its outer lobby featured huge crystal chandeliers and the ceiling was decorated with Pompeiian motifs. The theater also contained fine French antiques.

The Norshore Theatre was closed in 1957, and in 1960, this amazing theater was reduced to rubble. A bank was later built in its place.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft, Thomas Stranich, Ray Martinez

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DavidZornig on February 19, 2009 at 9:18 pm

Oh, I get it. It’s where the Howard Bowl ended up being built.
This theater came down, while I was just blocks away in the hospital after being born. Sorry I missed out on it’s beauty. This must be the closest two theatres were ever built next to the “L” tracks.

There is also a long time cab company in Evanston called Norshore. Their taxi’s used to line up directly across Howard Street from where this place stood. Waiting to take “L” patrons into Evanston where the “L” and buses couldn’t, and at night before the Evanston line ran 24 hours.
I found this page after checking Lost Memory’s most recent post to the Howard Theatre page. That post’s second link has a clearer picture of the above picture.

DavidZornig on April 14, 2009 at 9:19 pm

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DavidZornig on April 17, 2009 at 12:04 am

FYI. There’s a great b&w daytime shot of the Norshore, within that “American Classic Images” site where everyone’s pulling pictures from as of late.
It has a towering presence that must have been awe inspiring at the time.

I can’t post anything from my WebTV server except comments. So if anyone can do the honors, it would be appreciated.

Trolleyguy on April 17, 2009 at 12:33 am

OK, David. Here ya go: View link

DavidZornig on February 27, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Oh, that’s too bad. It was a really nice daytime picture as I recall.
It showed the white ceramic tile work on the spires, etc.

rivest266 on June 26, 2012 at 2:16 am

June 17th, 1926 grand opening ad has been uploaded here.

rivest266 on June 26, 2012 at 2:16 am

June 17th, 1926 grand opening ad has been uploaded here.

CSWalczak on July 13, 2012 at 8:25 am

This photo is similar to one posted previously but is in sharper focus.

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Life's Too Short on December 30, 2012 at 6:22 am

In response to earlier comments: The Norshore Building was not on the site of the bank or the Howard Bowl. It was in between these two. The Norshore was demolished and replaced with an office building while the bank and Howard Bowl remained. The bank, office building that replaced the Norshore and the Howard Bowl were all demolished for the development now situated there.

RickB on December 30, 2012 at 3:26 pm

I wanted to find out what kind of buisness “The Ship” was. I learned that it was a restaurant, and that it was owned by a man involved in the development of the Norshore building. The big surprise was that he was the person for whom Howard Street was named, and he lived until 1984! This blog post tells his story.

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