2646 N. Milwaukee Avenue,
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Logan Theatre (Official)
Previously operated by: Essaness Theaters Corp., Lubliner & Trinz, Nokimos Theaters
Architects: Walter W. Ahlschlager
Functions: Movies (Classic), Movies (Film Festivals), Movies (Second Run)
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Paramount Theatre
News About This Theater
- Feb 2, 2013 — Trashy film fest at the Logan
- Mar 19, 2012 — Neighborhood theaters vs. neighborhood movies
- Aug 23, 2011 — Owner of the Logan Theatre on the venue’s impending re-do
Located in the heart of the Logan Square neighborhood. The Paramount Theatre opened on November 23, 1915 with Douglas Fairbanks in “The Lamb” & Charles Murray in “A Game Old Knight”. It was operated by the Lubliner & Trinz circuit. It had seating for 988 in orchestra level and was equipped with a Weickhardt organ. In 1929 it was taken over by Essaness and renamed Logan Theatre.
The Logan Theatre was converted into a four-screen, independently-run multiplex seating a total of about 975. It screens second-run commercial features.
It was closed in fall of 2011 for renovations to be carried out. It reopened March 17, 2012, the theatre now has comfortable new seating for 595, enhanced sound system, new screens and digital projectors, expanded and remodeled concession and café area, Art Deco style details, a new bar & lounge and offering great prices for mid-run movies, independent films and local film festivals.
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This article about theater restoration in Chicago’s neighborhoods in general and the Logan in particular includes a slide show of over twenty photos.
I remember going to the logan on a monday every week ,, back in the 1980,s i saw christmas story there and flashdance ,holloween,, and so on ,, me and my friend walked down there every week,,it was always noisey ,lots of people from highschool (kelvyn park) sometimes fights ,,but we enjoyed it,,we saw the features then we had gyros at a litttle gyro place on the corner of sawyer and milwaukee ave ,,great days
Wow! It looks like they did a nice job on the renovation. I was there once when it was still one screen and it was a pit. I went once more after they split it up and it wasn’t half bad. But I’d guess over twenty-five years it was probably well on the way to being a pit again.
This is interesting. I added a 1908 photo of a prior Logan Theatre. Located at 2164 N. Milwaukee, changed to 2564 N. Milwaukee during the 1909 Chicago Street Re-Numbering Plan. Photo courtesy of the Logan Square Preservation Facebook page. I don’t know if it was a film or live theatre. But it would deserve it’s own page if it was.
December 25th, 1989 grand opening as a 3-plex in the photo section. 5 screens in 1990.
They never had 5. That was probably two films sharing the same screen.
November 23rd, 1915 grand opening ad as Paramount. You are right, Broan.
1927 photo as the Paramount Theatre added, photo credit Logan Square Preservation Facebook page.
October 1968 photo and copy added credit Chuck Kuenneth.
Note the street is entirely wood planks due to the subway construction then going on.
My memory of the Logan pre-fourplex is that it was all on one floor, no balcony. I think the description is incorrect.