Logan Theatre

2646 N. Milwaukee Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60647

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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

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 773.342.5555

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1940 Program (Center)

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.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 57 comments)

matthew1964 on July 31, 2012 at 6:00 pm

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

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on November 29, 2012 at 7:37 pm

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.

DavidZornig on August 25, 2016 at 8:27 pm

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.

rivest266 on November 13, 2016 at 7:29 am

December 25th, 1989 grand opening as a 3-plex in the photo section. 5 screens in 1990.

Broan on November 13, 2016 at 7:56 am

They never had 5. That was probably two films sharing the same screen.

rivest266 on November 13, 2016 at 10:47 am

November 23rd, 1915 grand opening ad as Paramount. You are right, Broan.

DavidZornig on September 18, 2017 at 4:52 pm

1927 photo as the Paramount Theatre added, photo credit Logan Square Preservation Facebook page.

DavidZornig on February 22, 2018 at 5:13 pm

October 1968 photo and copy added credit Chuck Kuenneth.

Note the street is entirely wood planks due to the subway construction then going on.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on December 14, 2021 at 12:09 am

My memory of the Logan pre-fourplex is that it was all on one floor, no balcony. I think the description is incorrect.

Broan on April 16, 2024 at 5:19 pm

Rendering https://www.newspapers.com/article/dziennik-chicagoski/145495366/

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