6320 N. Western Avenue,
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Opened on April 4th, 1931, the Nortown was an atmospheric theater which was known for it striking sea horse, mermaid, and zodiac motifs. It was designed by J.E.O. Pridmore. The Nortown was located in the West Ridge neighborhood on Western Avenue near Rosemont Avenue.
It once featured a 3/15 Wurlitzer theater organ.
The theater closed in 1990 after an unsuccessful triplexing in 1984 and was afterward used as a community center and still later, as a church.
Unfortunately, the Nortown was demolished in June-August 2007. A great deal of the theater’s decorative terra-cotta and plaster was salvaged before the building was torn down. Condominiums and two small cinemas (which will cater to Pakistani and Indian audiences), along with retail space, will be replacing the Nortown.
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