LOGAN SQUARE — The Logan Theatre has reopened to movie-goers — with a number of new safety precautions.
The neighborhood movie theater at 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave. resumed screening movies Aug. 28, having been closed since mid-March because of the pandemic. The Logan reopened with “Tenet” and “The New Mutants,” along with classics like “Goonies.”
The owners have implemented several safety protocols to keep movie-goers and staffers healthy.
The theater is only operating at 25 percent capacity in compliance with Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines. Every other row is blocked off and a new online ticketing system ensures groups are socially distanced.
There are longer gaps between showtimes to account for thorough cleaning. Guests and staff members are required to wear masks except for when eating and drinking.
The Logan Theatre is participating in CinemaSafe, a nationwide program “promoting protocols and guidelines developed and supported by leading epidemiologists to support a safe return to movie theaters,” according to its website.
“Safety is our priority,” said Jennifer Zacarias, who handles marketing and events for the theater.
“Aside from already being diligent about our cleaning protocols, we’ve heightened those and doubled those in terms of the effort and the products used. We’d like to think we’re going above and beyond.”
Unlike other theaters in the Chicago area, including the Music Box, The Logan has remained closed to guests until now. The Logan was selling snacks and drinks from the concessions bar via curbside pickup and offering downloadable movies, but it was not having in-person screenings.
Zacarias said the staff is “really happy to be back” after the long hiatus.
“It’s been tough,” Zacarias said. “We’re going to continue to try and be there for the community, for the cinephiles, to produce entertainment that’s part of the old norm.”
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