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Built in 1915, the Logan Theatre started out as the Paramount Theatre. It was an art deco, single-screen cinema, showing black and white silent films, like Charlie Chaplin’s The Tramp, with ticket prices only being a nickel.
The Vaselopolis family took over the theater in 1922 and dedicated nearly 90 years to both the theater and the Logan Square neighborhood. When Milwaukee Avenue was being torn up to build the CTA Blue Line Station, the Logan Theatre refused to shut its doors and continued to serve the diverse community it called home. Chris Vasepolis, the last of the Vasepolis family to run the theater before selling it in 2010, was actually born in the theater building.
The exterior marquee looks like it was pulled directly out of an old picture, displaying the movies and their showtimes in an old school way. The interior features the original 1915 architecture, refurbished marble walls, and a gorgeous, fully restored stained glass arch, reminiscent of a glamorous Hollywood theater in the roaring twenties. Yet, it doesn’t feel remodeled—everything feels as new as it was when the theater first opened. You definitely feel like you are traveling through time when the Logan Theatre holds one of their silent film festivals on the original film.
But the renovations weren’t just to make the bar and lounge look pretty. Experience the best blockbusters in DOLBY sound, Christie digital projectors, and state-of-the-art screens all in the comfort of 906 cushioned chairs. Their bar/lounge features movie-themed cocktails beer, and wine while also serving food bites and desserts. Both the world and Logan Square have gone through many changes over the last century, but the Logan Theatre has been a constant beacon over the neighborhood. They are also very popular for their special events and late night showings of classic movies. The Logan Theatre has Oscar viewing parties, movie trivia nights, open mic comedy nights, among others. They also do a Flicks & Flakes event every month where you binge watch movies or TV shows while munching on cereal from their free cereal bar and drinking Revolution beers.