If you’ve never been to the Normal Theater, or haven’t been there in a long time, the next month is the perfect opportunity to check out the Art Deco treasure. Built in 1937, the movie house was taken over by the park district in the late 1992 and reopened in 1993 to the way it appeared when it first opened. Their efforts to bring the cinema back to its former glory were so exacting that they contacted the company that produced the original carpet six decades earlier, sent them a swatch and they were able to reproduce it to a tee.
With its neon light tubing in the auditorium, gently sloping stadium seating and clean lines, walking through the doors is like stepping back in time where you’re met by people who love movies and go out of their way to make you feel welcome. That almost the entire staff is made up of volunteers speaks to their dedication to the theater and what it stands for, which is screening the most eclectic roster of films this side of Chicago. Independent movies, foreign fare and bona fide classics all find a home on the Normal’s screen as those in charge of programing cater to university students and community members alike.
Between now and the end of the year, the theater’s running its annual slate of holiday classics, making it the perfect time to take the family out to share a film together in one of the most unique movie venues in the area. The Bishop’s Wife, Meet Me in St. Louis, White Christmas, Holiday Inn, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story and It’s a Wonderful Life will all be shown in their big screen glory at the Normal over the next four weeks. Do yourself a favor and take the short drive to see these movies as they should be seen – in a theater that you’re sure to return to time and time again.
For showtimes, go to: http://www.normaltheater.com/