Best Old Movie Theater Made New

Logan Theatre

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"That place has rats," Reader staff writer Kevin Warwick once told me when I asked him about the Logan. Once known as the north side's dumpiest second-run house, the Logan—which opened as the Paramount in 1915—changed hands last year and has gotten an impressive makeover that includes an adjoining bar and a small lounge furnished with expensive club chairs. Some of the theater's swank decor has been restored (the stained-glass arch over the front entrance, marble walls that had been covered with plaster and paint), and other nice touches have been added (handsome art-deco carpeting in the lobby). The bookings aren't exactly radical—a mix of mid-run blockbusters such as The Hunger Games and mid-run art items such as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel—but the new late-night series programmed by the Chicago Cinema Society (see Best New Presenter) is a welcome addition.

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