Luna Theatre

4743 W. Belmont Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60641

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The Luna Theatre opened in 1937, designed in Art Moderne style with seating originally for around 1,200 (later reduced to near 900). The theater was located in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood of Chicago.

Part of the Balaban and Katz chain (and later Plitt Theaters) for much of its entire time in operation, the Luna Theatre closed in the early-1980’s and was demolished in 1986.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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mikey2
mikey2 on May 12, 2010 at 11:03 am

I saw the double-bill “Last house on the left” and “Don’t look in the basement” here sometime in the mid-70’s because I was in early HS at the time. The theatre was NOT on the corner of Belmont and Cicero where Walgreens is now, as someone said earlier, because that was the Luna Lounge, a very interesting dive that had much better days. That was closed then demolished not long ago, less than 10 years ago. The theatre was down the block a little ways from the bar, I think it’s now the parking lot next to the senior home.

GFeret
GFeret on August 11, 2010 at 8:04 am

mikey2:
no the senior home parking lot is not the right place

the exact LUNA theatre bldg site was in fact where the walgreens building is now. mind you i said walgreens building, not walgreens parking lot. the building per se is at the southwest corner of belmont and keating, and that’s just where the luna once stood

p.s.: the alleyway behind cicero used to go fully to belmont (between the luna theatre and the luna lounge mentioned above) but when walgreens opened and built their parking lot they gobbled up that end of the alley, unfair to their neighbors and the public in general

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on November 30, 2010 at 10:22 am

Amazing photos of the Luna. I lived not too far from there, but I’d never been to the Luna. My friends and I did go to the Will Rogers though (The Willy as we called it). I don’t believe I’d ever even seen the Luna.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on March 3, 2011 at 12:09 pm

So this theatre never made it into the Cineplex-Odeon chain? It’s counterpart up the street, the Will Rogers, was briefly in the C-O chain.

rso1000
rso1000 on June 30, 2011 at 6:48 pm

As mentioned above, the alley east of Cicero at one time ran all the way to Belmont until Walgreens was built. The west wall of the theatre bordered the alley.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on July 29, 2012 at 8:16 am

Paul: This never made it to C-O. I’ve heard the Will Rogers was closed in favor of their new Brickyard Cinema. In hindsight, considering the ghetto reputation of the Brickyard, they might have been better off with the Will. I think it did OK business and there was no crime problem that I am aware of.

RiisPark
RiisPark on March 12, 2013 at 5:35 pm

I went to the Luna many times in my youth. I remember seeing West Side Story there.

macmanmk
macmanmk on August 29, 2013 at 8:25 pm

I remember my late dad taking my brother and I here in 1980 to see a double feature of Silent Scream and The Octagon…I was 10 and my brother was 9. Lol…thanks, dad!

darrenparlett
darrenparlett on August 29, 2013 at 9:29 pm

I wish my dad took me see those types of flicks..dammit

CrustyB
CrustyB on September 12, 2013 at 7:11 pm

This is where I saw my first live-action movie when I was 5 years old, “2001: A Space Odyssey.” It was a re-release. My dad yelled at the staff when they started cleaning the popcorn machine during the movie, which made a racket. Then at the end, before Bowman finished his trip through deep space, the film broke and they couldn’t fix it! Never saw the end of this movie until 10 years later.

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