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The Logan Theatre opened in 1915 as the Paramount Theatre, a single-screen cinema. In 1922, it was taken over by the Vaselopolis family, as several waves of new ethnic groups reshaped Logan Square as their home, the Logan Theatre remained a family-owned business committed to serving the diverse families of the community. Chris Vaselopolis, the previous owner, was born in the Theatre building and dedicated his life to keeping his family’s legacy alive through the Theatre’s lighted screens.
In the 1960s, when Milwaukee Avenue underwent heavy construction to build the CTA Blue Line station, the resilient Logan Theatre kept its doors open for business. Its last round of renovations occurred in the 1990s, and the 2006 film Stranger than Fiction starring Will Ferrell used the Logan Theatre as a shooting location. For nearly a century, the Logan Theatre has been a family institution with a deep tradition of neighborhood entertainment at an unbeatable price – a legacy the new Logan Theatre will continue.