Logan Theatre

4732 N. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19141

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Logan Theatre

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A large 1,894-seat movie palace which takes up a good portion of a city block on N. Broad Street, near Wyoming Avenue in the Logan section of North Philadelphia. The Logan Theatre was opened in 1924. It had a large ballroom located on the 2nd floor front of the building which was known as ‘The Waltz Studio’. By 1941 the Logan Theatre was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. The Logan Theatre was closed in 1972 and it became a church.

Some of my earliest movies were seen on its imposing single screen— “Ben Hur” and “Moby Dick” among them. Located in a depressed area of Philadelphia, the structure appears intact and may yet retain much of its integrity.

The church moved out of the building in 1992 and it lay vacant for many years. In the late-2000’s the Logan Theatre was purchased by Dr. Owen Williamson and he is currently renovating the theatre as a memorial to his late wife. Current plans are for a live performance/restaurant venue. As of 2012, much of the interior has been repainted in its original colors, the roof has been repaired, building stabilized and electrical and plumbing work done.

Contributed by Jeff Hurvitz

Recent comments (view all 62 comments)

fatboy1 on October 10, 2013 at 7:00 am

Yes, also when the logan showed movies they used the old type carbon burning tip to show the movies via the old projectors. the film use to come in big metal boxes and taken from theatre to theatre. Now the didgital film is out the cameras will have to be updated. in carlisle we have one drive in opened with the older type of projector carbon. it is harder to get those movies most movies r didgital the drive in has taken up a collection from the audience per in the snack bar area if they do not get enough money to replace those old fashioned cameras they would have to close and we do not want that to happen. the donations have been coming in nicely to help with getting the new projectors. Now this is carlisle, pa.

TheALAN on June 9, 2014 at 6:53 pm

Getting tired of these naysayers! Guys like raymondgordonsears and rastakurt offer nothing positive. Looking at the roofline, I see several surveillance cameras have been installed. Another large dumpster is in the parking lot. And the curtains from the Copa Room at the Sands in Atlantic City were purchased for the theater. And a new roof is in place.

RGSEARS on October 27, 2014 at 4:56 am

Well its Oct.27.2014 I drove by the theatre yesterday coming from work. On the outside it’s still the same as last mo. and the mo. before . I’m not tall enough to check out the roof. The theatre is always locked up so you can not see inside. The WEB site shows old pictures. What we need is some pictures of the work being done. UPDATED PHOTOS. I drive pass this theatre several time a week. Let me in and I will take some photos.

naysayer rgs

spectrum on January 4, 2015 at 2:07 pm

The photos in the gallery (above) show a lot of work has already been done – the re-painting is beautiful! Looks like good progress is being made.

Don_1234 on March 14, 2015 at 5:02 pm

I was surprised that the old building on Broad Street is the theater that you are honoring your late wife.I am happy that you are doing such a good thing. Rowan Farquharson.

LeslieHammond on July 24, 2015 at 8:34 am

1966 – The Singing Nun – The Sisters of St. Basil took the older children from St. Basil’s school at Ogantz & Lindley Aves. to see the film. I think it was the only time we had an outing with the nuns. Happy days.

TheALAN on December 23, 2015 at 6:00 pm

In his overview, Jeff says Dr. Williamson aquired the Logan Theatre in the late-2000’s. Since this is only 2015, it appears this should be the late-1900’s — or early 2000’s.

Broadandwyoming on March 27, 2016 at 10:22 pm

I lived at Broad and Wyoming from 1963 to 1969. I used to play around the theatre especially climbing the water tower on top of the theatre which of course is not there any more. I also would go to the Rockland and the Esquire theatre in Olney where I got my first job as an usher making 85 cents an hour. Met my first girlfriend who worked there behind the candy counter, Robin Baumback. I used to work 70 to 80 hours a week there How someone reads this and it will bring back memores of these theatres and the Era/time we lived in the Logan ares. Used to shop at Leon delicatessen just up the block across the street.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 20, 2016 at 7:58 pm

I don’t believe this has been linked yet. This post from Hidden City Philadelphia has several photos of the Logan showing the interior renovations as of 2012, most of them paired with vintage 1924 photos of the same scenes.

The text notes that Dr. Williamson bought the Logan in 2005. The church which had moved into the house in 1973 had moved out in 1992, and much damage had been done during the years the building was vacant. The Logan Theatre closed as a movie house in 1972.

walterk on May 21, 2016 at 2:25 pm

Chandra Lampreich, whose pictures are featured in the Hidden City post is a CT member with over 100 pictures posted, you can view them here.

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