a modern 20th century venue

Golden Era & Decline

Phil Chakeres of Springfield, Ohio, leased the building in 1936, upgraded it, and later purchased it in 1948 to be operated along with a chain of 37 other Chakeres theatres in Ohio and Kentucky. 


In its heyday, the theater presented Vaudeville performances, singers, cowboy entertainers, famous live performers, and movies. Sammy Davis, Jr., for example, performed on stage when he was a child.






Phil Chakeres
Phil Chakeres

1965 Refurb

Grand Reopening, 1965.

 

In 1965 the building was refurbished, including new signage on the marquee.  There was a grand opening with high hopes for the future. This was the last time there was any extensive remodeling in the building, however.

Barton A. Holl at the reopening, 1965.
Barton A. Holl at the reopening, 1965.

Decline

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By the 1980s Chakeres Logan Theatre was looking run down. 


Chakeres finally decided to close in Logan, but there was one last short lived attempt at keeping the movie theater open. Unfortunately this did not prove successful and the last movie to be shown in the building was "Unforgiven" in 1992


The building was foreclosed and sold at a sheriff’s sale in February of 1997. Since that time, the building remained vacant until it was purchased in 2003. The owner used the first floor commercial space for their technology businesses.


In 2018, Logan Town Center, with a generous contribution by Larry Gerstner and support from Citizens Bank of Logan purchased the building in order to restore it to its former glory. From this, Logan Theater, Inc. was born.

Gary Adcock, the last person to operate the projectors taking photos from the stage. February 2019
Gary Adcock, the last person to operate the projectors taking photos from the stage. February 2019