Nortown Theatre - Detroit MI

Address: 7706 E 7-Mile Rd
City: Detroit
State: MI
Zip: 48234
County: Wayne
Open: 1936
Capacity: 1000
Owner History:
Theater Type: Neighborhood House
Number of visits to this page: 11635

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General Information:

Source: Cinema Treasures

Not to be confused with the somewhat larger and better-known Norwest on Grand River (opened the same year, 1936), the Nortown could seat around 1000, and was designed in Art Deco style by the firm of Bennett & Straight. During most of the 70s, the Norwest was an adult theater, until it closed at the end of that decade. It has since been demolished.

Info Updates:
9/26/2019 - Pamela (Chadwick) Savant
My grandmother, Clara Reuter (Kuester) ran the sodette and candy area in the early days. She lived at 7617 Robinwood and so did I. So many fond memories. I think we went to the dentist in the same building (Shulman).
6/6/2010 - Tim OBrien
Shortly before the Nortown was demolished I salvaged the old marquee letters which are still in daily use on the Vassar Theatre.
1/5/2006 - Jim Chominski
I grew up in the 7-Mile & Van Dyke area in the late 50s threw the 60s I went to the Nortown Theater on a regular basis. In the winter they just had Saturday matinees, in the summer they had Wednesday & Saturday matinees. Admision was .25 cents, candy, pop, ice cream was .05 cents. Mom could get rid of us kids for the day, for .35 cents each. We saw every late 40s & 50s B horror movie you could possibly think of , & to a full house too. Occasionally they had live magic shows & 3 BB movies. Thanks for the memories NORTOWN!!!!!
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