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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Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on April 16, 2009 at 7:33 pm

OK, David. Here ya go: View link

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on February 27, 2010 at 7:33 am

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
rivest266 on June 25, 2012 at 9:16 pm

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

rivest266
rivest266 on June 25, 2012 at 9:16 pm

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

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on July 13, 2012 at 3:25 am

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

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on December 30, 2012 at 1:22 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
RickB on December 30, 2012 at 10:26 am

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.

Johnure1
Johnure1 on December 5, 2014 at 12:41 pm

RickB-

My grandfather Howard Ure Sr. owned “The Ship” restaurant. My great grandfather built and owned the Norshore Theatre and it was attached to the restaurant. The restaurant was originally called “The Grill” and after my grandfather bought it, he expanded the restaurant and added a package liquor store next to it some years later. He changed the name to Howard Ure’s “The Ship” restaurant. I believe the restaurant opened in 1926 or earlier. My dad Howard Ure Jr. whom is still alive and well, use to help out in the restaurant when he was a young boy. The actor Charlton Heston use to stop into The Ship, when he was going to Northwestern at the time. And you were correct, Howard Street was named after my grandfather by my great grandfather. Originally my great,great grandfather John C. Calder Ure had a farm and land which is part of Rogers park now today. He gave his son, my great grandfather a section of land to run his dairy farm which was the J.F. Ure dairy. My great grandfather then donated part of his land to the city to build roads and other means of transportation through Rogers Park and beyond. The city decided that he could name the road and he named it after his first born son Howard. Although he was originally going to call the street “Ure” street. He then thought that the Scottish last name would not be easy to pronounce, so it became Howard instead. Lots of great family history. I hope this info was helpful.

RickB
RickB on December 6, 2014 at 9:24 pm

You really do run into interesting people when you have an interest in Chicago history! Thanks for posting, Mr. Ure.

Johnure1
Johnure1 on December 7, 2014 at 10:48 am

RickB- I never answered your original question on “The Ship” restaurant. It was a steak & seafood restaurant.

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