Building 51 | Building 51 | original c. 1931 nortown theater (non-extant) decorative interior lobby grille – j.e.o. pridmore
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original c. 1931 nortown theater (non-extant) decorative interior lobby grille – j.e.o. pridmore

51-5093-10

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Chicago Theatres

About This Item

very unique and historically important architectural artifact in the form of a fanciful interior lobby grille salvaged from the c. 1931 nortown theater. opened on april 4th, 1931, the nortown theater was an atmospheric type theater which was known for its visually striking sea horse, mermaid, zodiac and other nautical motifs. it was designed by theater architect 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 interior plaster was salvaged by our company before the building was torn down in 2007. c. 1980’s additional photograph of the plaster panel “in situ” courtesy of our dear friend and gifted professional photographer russell phillips. measures 37 1/2 x 18 inches.