Spend Christmas at the movies

by Chris Zois and Francisco Domínguez

Holidays at Logan Theatre and The Music Box Theatre

There is nothing better than cozying up on a winter day with a hearty beverage and popping in a holiday movie.

The Music Box Theatre
3733 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, Il, 60613

Cover-ItsaWonderfulLife[dropcap]R[/dropcap]elaxing at home may be a common occurrence for most this winter in order to avoid the cold, but for those that are looking for something a bit more festive, they can attend the Music Box’s Annual Christmas Show.

The holiday screening has been a staple of the theatre for 31 years and a popular event for the city. “White Christmas” and “It’s A Wonderful Life” are shown throughout the month, which are preceded by a holiday sing-along with Santa. Buck LePard, assistant general manager of the Music Box Theatre, said this tradition originally started out much smaller with the showings only occurring on Christmas Eve. But this December event grew in popularity since its inception. This year, the shows started on Dec. 12 and will end on Dec. 24, including 27 showings in total, said LePard.“I look forward to attending the White Christmas sing-along with my family every year,” – LIndsay DiLeo

Lindsay DiLeo has been going to the event with her family for the past four years and says the songs are one of the highlights of the show.

“I look forward to attending the White Christmas sing-along with my family every year,” DiLeo said. “It’s reassuring that I’m not the only person who knows the not-so-popular songs, like “Snow,” or “The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing.”

Classics screenings are the bread and butter of the Music Box, but the theatre also offers up other film options for those looking to ring in the holidays. On Dec. 22, there will be a double feature of “Home Alone” and “Die Hard,” which LePard said brings a few more options for people.

“In the past, we have done “Scrooged” and “Gremlins,”” LePard said. “A little bit of alternative programming for people who may not be big fans of Bing Crosby or Jimmy Stewart.”

Logan Theatre
2646 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, Il, 60647

Cover-NatLampoonThe holidays couldn’t get any better thanks to Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave., screening classic holiday films like as “Bad Santa,” “Scrooge” (the Bill Murray version), “A Christmas Story,” “It’s a Wonderful Life” and many others.

Logan Theatre will be playing these Christmas films through Dec. 29 via early matinees starting at noon as well as late night shows to celebrate the holidays with its community.

“We love special programming here at The Logan. We try to bring back films, old and new, that our patrons can enjoy on the big screen,” said Jennifer Zacarias, director of operations at Logan Theatre. “We are diverse with our programming to give all the opportunity to see an old favorite, introduce a new favorite or just a good feel good classic.”

The theatre has been programming for all holidays for the past three years and Zacarias said it doesn’t stop with Christmas.

“We also do special programming geared toward Halloween as well.  October is another fun month at The Logan,” she said. “We are getting more and more creative with our late night and family matinee special programming so please check back with us often.”

When it opened its doors as a single-screen cinema in 1915 the Milwaukee Avenue venue was known as the Paramount Theatre. In 1922, it was taken over by the Vaselopolis family and, 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 community. Its last round of renovations occurred in the 1990s.

For nearly a century, the Logan Theatre has been a family institution with a deep tradition of neighborhood entertainment.

Logan is enhanced with a DOLBY sound system, Christie digital projectors, and 3D capabilities. Their concession area includes a full bar, a lounge and the ability to take your drinks with you while watching a film. It also showcases mid-run movies, independent films and local film festivals.

For a calendar of the theatre’s holiday movie show times check out thelogantheater.com.

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