Logan Theatre

2646 N. Milwaukee Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60647

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KenC on April 1, 2009 at 3:56 pm

The admission price is now $4.00. Still a good deal; I’m surprised the $3.00 tickets lasted as long as it did. My only complaint about the Logan- not enough leg room(stadium seating has spoiled me).

KenC on February 18, 2009 at 5:59 pm

The Logan has 903 seats. Cinema # 1 has 265 seats, # 2- 175, #3- 198, and #4- 265.

Kringle on December 13, 2008 at 1:37 pm

Interesting… if it wouldnt be too much trouble, I would love to see it. Thanks for all the links, folks!

Broan on December 13, 2008 at 1:16 pm

Kringle: A shot of the stage end of the theater is reprinted on page 12 of the February, 1983 issue of “The Console” magazine. I can scan it if necessary.

KenC on December 1, 2008 at 8:52 pm

The Logan has played regular Hollywood fare for decades. However, at least twice in the past, they tried different policies. On Saturday, May 21, 1966, the Logan was showing the Midwest Premiere of “HOW TO BE LOVED”, a Polish program with English titles. Not surprising, since the neighborhood had a large Polish population for many years. Exactly 4 years later, the Logan was showing adult fare. From the Chicago Sun Times movie listings, May 22, 1970: LOGAN (X) “MONIQUE” “BABY LOVE” .I don’t think this adult policy lasted very long; thankfully the Logan went back to mainstream features(I suspect complaints from neighbors/ church authorities). At this time, you could park free in the Emmett St. City Lot. One thing that NEVER changed- the Logan had-and has- Matinees Daily.

Broan on December 1, 2008 at 1:38 pm

They definitely have an auditorium photo from shortly after opening.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on December 1, 2008 at 1:14 pm

Call these guys on the telephone. It is quite likely that they have something:


Kringle on December 1, 2008 at 1:06 pm

Hey, if anyone has any further in-depth details of the history of this theatre, I am working on a project about it and would love more info. Links or otherwise. What year were the screens split up? etc. Are there any photos of the inside before renovation?

Thanks to anyone who can help.

studiobrian on February 28, 2008 at 7:05 am

be aware…the public lot behind mcdonald’s is indeed a PAY lot…there are no meters, instead you must purchase a paper window ticket from the kiosk next to what was once the manned pay booth (located across lot from mcdonald’s at side street entrance)…meter maids are more prone to check during biz hours as this is the lot adjacent to logan square subway station…

GFeret on February 27, 2008 at 12:24 pm

There’s a city lot north of LOGAN (behind the McDonalds across Milwaukee) that, if it has meters, me ‘n my car never notice them. So (free) parking’s never been an issue. Public transportation users get off the CTA Blue Line @ Logan Square stop (Kedzie Ave exit south side of Milwaukee) and you’re practically at the LOGAN’s front door. (These points alluded to in above posts).

My memories of this place go back to the LOGAN vs. the HARDING days, and the latter threw in the towel around 1961. The (mens) washroom, with bathtub-sized urinals, has a blaringly huge ventilation fan that hasn’t ceased running since about that time.

The place is clean, bright, and questions of safety aren’t apparent to me so I can recomment LOGAN almost without reservation. Management/employees are polite to a fault. 2nd runs, with the occasional double-feature (!), with no duplication between (4) screens. Even limited release titles, like WAITRESS, INTO THE WILD, LARS AND THE REAL GIRL, and GOOD NIGHT & GOOD LUCK have made their mark here.

So what’s my itty-bitty reservation? No trailers at the LOGAN. Boo-hoo!

studiobrian on August 25, 2007 at 11:55 pm

Here is a recent image of the Logan Theater.

Broan on May 6, 2007 at 9:00 am

You can find metered parking relatively easily and there’s a city metered lot across the street, tucked away a bit.

CinemarkFan on May 5, 2007 at 8:37 pm

Is there any free parking nearby?

Chrisk36 on April 23, 2007 at 4:05 am

I don’t live far and visit the Logan on the average of twice monthly. As a retiree you can’t beat the 3 buck admission.

Saw Wild Hogs last week during the day of course. Really don’t go in the evening much. Waiting to see if Zodiac appears.

As far as the neighborhood as most keep changing. As with my ‘hood which is Humboldt Park, property values rising but that’s another subject.

ctd on April 16, 2007 at 4:45 am

This was my main neighborhood theater in the 70s. I saw “Game of Death”, “The Omen”, “Alien”, and dozens of other great movies there when I was a kid.

In the 80s the Logan became a a genuine lowbrow entertainment multiplex, with really sticky floors and lively heckling. The last film I saw there was “Cyborg” (with Jean-Claude VanDamme) in the summer of ‘89. People were smoking, moving around, yelling at the screen, the whole nine yards that night.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on February 19, 2007 at 5:21 pm

I have had to drive by this place on a regular basis lately. In the 80’s & 90’s they lit up the veritcal sign. It blinked LOGAN off and on in pink neon. All the letters blinked off and on at the same time. It was well-maintained back then. The letters never flickered. Now they don’t turn it on anymore, although the marquee is still maintained. The chaser motor went out a couple of weeks ago and they paid to have it fixed.

mp775 on January 24, 2007 at 12:26 pm

Screen (at least in Theater 3, but I think they’re all about the same) was a good size. I noticed no obvious problems with the picture or sound, but there was one abrupt scene change that was probably a bad splice; I won’t know for sure until it I see it again on video. There was also one crying baby in the auditorium – but my wife hustled him out to Ladies' Lounge very quickly :).

CinemarkFan on January 17, 2007 at 7:36 pm

How big are the screens? How is the sound and picture quality? As long as the screens don’t look like this, View link I might finally go see Rocky Balboa here.

mp775 on January 12, 2007 at 4:58 am

I saw Stranger than Fiction at the Logan last night (in Theater 3), and while talking to the manager after the show, learned that the scene in wich Harold Crick is watching Monty Python’s Meaning of Life was filmed right there in Theater 1! He also says the original auditorium is intact behind the quadding. The staff and other customers were all very friendly, and concessions are inexpensive.

Broan on January 8, 2007 at 1:11 pm

It’s pretty clean, crowds, I think depends on the show.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on January 8, 2007 at 9:37 am

I’ve never been here. Has anybody been here recently? Are the floors clean? How are the crowds, obnoxiuous or respectful? My girlfriend and I are considering going here.

Logan Square was once considered a rough area, but apparantly it is not becoming “Yuppy-ized.”

Broan on December 3, 2006 at 6:08 pm

Here are photos of this theater.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on September 10, 2006 at 2:28 pm

Very cool place to see a film when it was one large auditorium. Usual deal: it was painted grey front to back by the time I visited. Was there once after they split it up. Not nearly as cool. But it is nice to see an old-time neighborhood theatre continue to operate.