3628 North Grand Avenue,
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Architects: Robert O. Boller
Firms: Boller Brothers
Styles: Art Deco
Another neighborhood house built by Komm Theatres, one of the more elaborate in that chain. A single floor theatre but with a high domed roof. Located at the busy intersection of North Grand and Natural Bridge. The Norside Theatre had a Gothic facade and very large marquee with tons of lights and neon, lighting up the entire intersection at night.
It was opened October 1, 1936 and was located two blocks in either direction east and west from two of the larger high schools in the north side of the city. Medium sized lobby with terazzo floors and large concession area with two crystal changeliers lighting the lobby. Three aisles led into the auditorium two on the sides and one down the middle. The walls were lined with painted and lighted murals and the draperies over the stage area were a forest green velvet. The auditorium floors had a good slant and the glider seats made a perfect view of the screen no matter where you sat. One large chandelier in the main auditorium with wall lights above the murals.
The Norside Theatre was a favorite and did big business until the demographics of the neighborhood changed and the theatre closed quietly in September 1969. It was later demolished and a fast food restaurant was later built on the site.
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