Nordic Theater

136 W. Washington Street,
Marquette, MI 49855

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This theater, in downtown Marquette, Michigan, operated from 1936 to 1994. It has now been converted into a bookstore.

Contributed by David Wallick

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[Deleted] on January 2, 2005 at 12:07 pm

I’m not surprised by this. Hollywood was pushing the envelope in the late 50’s which was also a decade of extreme censorship. I wonder how many other theatres have ‘stories’ such as this one.

ksmyers
ksmyers on April 29, 2005 at 1:08 pm

The Nordic was a wonderful theater with a great entrance and concession lobby. It was a travesty when it closed. There is no hint that a movie theatre once existed where the new book store resides. So I find it ironic that they would trade on the history of such an amazing place. The Nordic was right across the street from another gem, The Delft Theatre. It still officially exists as a movie theatre, though it has been carved up into 5 “new” screening areas. The decor is more cheap English library (think upholstered wingback chairs and fox hunting pictures) and less cinema hall. For someone who grew up in those theatres, it was a double tragedy.

LouisRugani
LouisRugani on March 2, 2007 at 10:28 pm

I saw “The Apartment” at the Nordic in August, 1960; the theatre was about half filled. There were many Art Moderne touches and blue-glass mirrors in the lobby. I spoke with the manager who said that a picture like “The Apartment” would have filled the theatre in the 1940s.

LouisRugani
LouisRugani on September 27, 2008 at 8:41 am

Thanks for the cement-slab story. The Rhodes Theatre in Chicago also had a collection of such footprints and signatures. When I visited Marquette that one time long ago, their sidewalks were carrying embossed warnings from the city fathers against spitting.

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