Movie theatres – they just don't make 'em like they used to. So when the residents of Normal, Ill, faced to prospect of seeing one of their old movie houses torn down to make way for a parking lot, the city stepped in and said, "No way!"
After a costly renovation, the
Normal Theatre is up and running again, not only providing the
community. with an award-winning, neon-lit beacon of art deco in its downtown, but also a venue for innovative, artistic or just plain
Find out more about how this theatre, built in 1937, was transformed from a ramshackle eyesore into a city-run nonprofit that
yearly hosts the
Beyond Normal Film Fest, a collection of films by amateurs and local cinephiles. All images courtesy of the Town of Normal.
209 North St., Normal, IL 61761
Click here for directions
In addition to the Beyond Normal Film Festival, Illinois pleases its many cinephiles with the
International Children's Film Festival, the
Festival for Cinema of the Deaf and the
Latino Film Festival, all taking place in Chicago, and the
Big Muddy Film Festival. Don't forget the popcorn.