Luna Theatre

4743 W. Belmont Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60641

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Luna in Background

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The Luna Theatre opened November 11, 1937, designed in Art Moderne style with seating originally for around 1,200 (later reduced to near 900). The theatere 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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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 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 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 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 on August 29, 2013 at 9:29 pm

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

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.

Broan on January 17, 2016 at 12:39 pm

Here is a THSA photo of the Luna

rivest266 on November 13, 2016 at 4:44 am

This opened on November 11th, 1937. The grand opening ad can be found in the photo section.

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