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Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Logan Theatre Closes Again As Hollywood Runs Out Of New Movies To Send Its Way

The theater reopened just three weeks ago after a five-month-long coronavirus shutdown, but now owners say they don't have enough films to screen.

The Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave.
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LOGAN SQUARE — The Logan Theatre is closing again — but this time, it’s because there aren’t enough new films to screen in the midst of the pandemic.

The abrupt closure comes just a few weeks after the theater reopened. Prior to the reopening, the theater had been closed for five months due to coronavirus.

In an email sent to customers Wednesday, theater management said the theater’s last day is Thursday.

“As you may know, Hollywood continues to postpone the distribution of many highly anticipated films until later this year and / or into 2021. Once it becomes clear that there is a consistent flow of films to play, we will make plans to reopen the theatre,” management said in the email.

The Logan reopened at 25 percent capacity at the end of August screening “Tenet” and “The New Mutants.”

The theater implemented a number of new safety protocols in compliance with Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines including mask requirements and gaps between showtimes to allow for thorough cleaning.

A spokeswoman for the theater didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday, but in the email management said “collaborative efforts to enhance safety standards have been effective in keeping The Logan a safe place to be.” They said it was the “lack of new film” that forced the theater to temporarily close its doors. Theaters across the country are facing similar challenges.

Jennifer Zacarias, who handles marketing and events for the theater, previously said The Logan was struggling during the coronavirus closure, like countless other businesses across the city.

“It’s been tough,” Zacarias previously said.

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