Logan Theater

Logan Boulevard,
Logan, WV 25601

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Logan Theater

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The New Logan Theater opened October 16, 1938 with Bing Crosby in “Sing You Sinners”. It replaced a smaller 400 seat Logan Theater, and was built by F. Midelburg at a cost of $150,000. Originally seating 1,300, the Logan Theater is listed in the 1955 Film Daily Yearbook with 1,180 seats.

The New Logan Theater was the first to be built in West Virginia with air conditioning. It had a separate balcony for African Americans, who also had their own bathroom facilities.

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Erasmusinwv2
Erasmusinwv2 on July 5, 2012 at 5:24 am

Is this theater still around? I am in the process of buying and rehabbing the Philippi Grand and if it proves profitable I want to work on reopening other theaters in WV, KY, OH, PA, MD, and VA. There are so many wonderful old theaters with more character than any modern cookie cutter places.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 29, 2012 at 7:13 am

Here is a weblog post about the Logan Theatre.

This is an item from the October 14, 1936, issue of The Film Daily concerning Ferdinand Midelburg’s plans for a new theater in Logan:

“Midelburg Starts $150,000 Theater in Logan, W. Va.

“Logan, W. Va. — Ferd Midelburg, independent chain operator, is building a 1,000-seat house at a cost of $150,000. The theater will be modern in every detail and will include a 400-seat balcony. Meanor & Handloser, Charleston architects, have been engaged to plan the new project. Midelburg operates theaters in Beckley, Madison, Charleston and Logan, W. Va., and in Hazard, Ky.”

As this item was published two years before the Logan Theatre opened, I don’t know if Meanor & Handloser stayed with the project or not. The theater Midelburg owned in Beckley might have been the Beckley Theatre, built in 1935, which was definitely designed by Meanor & Handloser.

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