Normal Theater

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Normal Theater
Normal theater.jpg
The Streamline Moderne, restored Normal Theater in Normal, Illinois.
Normal Theater is located in Illinois
Normal Theater
Location 209 North St., Normal, Illinois
Coordinates 40°30′44″N 88°59′19″W / 40.51222°N 88.98861°W / 40.51222; -88.98861Coordinates: 40°30′44″N 88°59′19″W / 40.51222°N 88.98861°W / 40.51222; -88.98861
Built 1937
Architectural style Moderne[1]
Governing body Town of Normal
NRHP Reference # 97000818[1]
Added to NRHP July 25, 1997[1]

The Normal Theater is a cinema located in the downtown area of Normal, Illinois of the United States of America, which is located in McLean County. The theater closed for a time in the early 1990s but reopened in 1993 after being purchased and renovated by the town of Normal. It has since been in continuous operation, showing a mix of first run and classic films. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been since July 25, 1997.

History[edit]

The Normal Theater opened for operation in November 1937. The Streamline Moderne building was a state of the art cinema at the time which was built to "show sound movies in the best comfortable environment." The original commercial operation of the Normal Theater ended in May 1990 after it had been divided into a two screen theater a few years prior.[2] The Town of Normal purchased the theater and reopened it in 1993 through a community restoration effort.[3] Today theater goers enjoy a "throwback" theater going experience in the fully restored art deco theater. The inside restoration installed plush, coral colored seating, blue, maroon and salmon colored walls, high-modern style aisle lights and layered ceiling of multi colored neon lights.[2]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b Normal Theater History, Normal Theater.
  3. ^ Normal Theater History, Town of Normal.