Building 51 | Building 51 | original c. 1931 nortown theater polychrome cast plaster interior lobby column – john e. o. pridmore, architect
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original c. 1931 nortown theater polychrome cast plaster interior lobby column – john e. o. pridmore, architect

51-6386-10

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Chicago Theatres

About This Item

amazingly detailed c. 1931 cast plaster interior lobby column, removed from the nortown theater prior to demolition in 2007. the massive, polychrome painted column features several unique design elements including, but not limited to, ram heads, putti, winged creatures, floral rosettes, anthemions – all lightly embossed or in relief. the nortown theater was designed by john e. o. pridmore (as part of the balaban & katz chain) and was considered the first “atmospheric” theater to feature an aquatic theme. while removing the column, we found a newspaper (dated january 25, 1931) and a hot dog wrapper left behind by one of the plasterers during a lunch break. measures approx. 10 feet tall by 14 inches in diameter. the interior is reinforced with wood bracing running vertically and horizontally.