My job took me to the old Logan Theater in downtown Logan, Ohio a couple of years ago. All three floors are being revitalized to serve local teenagers after school, to provide theater space and to provide a general purpose community space. It was pretty exciting to see their plans and progress.
When I was there, the space for the after school crowd was nearing completion and they were readying to move on to another area. They are working hard to create a useful modern space while being true to the integrity of this historic structure and I am pleased to see them do it.
I captured this bit of peeling paint and vintage advertising on that tour. Trust me to find the dark corner with the old sign!
That’s a pretty cool old sign. I hope they keep it hanging somewhere in the remodeled space.
I bet they will. They are mindful of their past and the nostalgia the community feels toward the building. In fact the organization is represented by a board comprised entirely of community members. It really is wonderful.
They also have numerous photos and memorabilia displayed in their office which is a storefront adjacent to the theater. That makes many things, including donated items like an old projector, accessible to anyone who wants to view them during office hours.
Sounds like they are really on the right track. So many communities don’t want to be bothered with saving old buildings. Ours does a pretty good job. I think maybe after they tore down the old courthouse some people decided it had been a mistake.
At least they learned something from that experience. Too little, too late though. Logan has done a decent job in recent years and I really am impressed with this project.