|"Downstaging Uptown" by Eric Holubow|
- "The doors of the historic Uptown Theater were shuttered for the final time in 1981. Since then the majestic theater has sat dark and boarded up, a skeleton of the crowned jewel on Chicago's North Side that once boasted "an acre of seats in a magic city." Watch WGN-TV's News at Nine this Tuesday at 9pm as Randi Belisomo takes our cameras inside the theater to show you what it looks like now. Find out what is waiting to come back to life.
- Then tune in Wednesday for the News at Nine at 9pm as Randi reports about the plans for a music district in Uptown which would center around the Uptown Theater.
- Will it become a reality? We will take a closer look at that question during a LIVE half-hour special "Creating a Music District" on CLTV Wednesday, May 15th at 10pm. Uptown Theater owner Jerry Mickelson, Alderman James Cappleman and The Green Mill owner Dave Jemilo will join Randi Belisomo to discuss the plans and take viewers' questions. Tune in to CLTV or watch live on the live stream at www.wgntv.com/live).
If you miss it, all of the stories will be posted on our web sites at www.wgntv.com and www.cltv.com."
If you haven't seen this inside of this magnificent theater, check out the slide show here, by undercity.org. And check out the documentary Uptown: Portrait of a Palace, which is on Vimeo, and may still be available on DVD from Compass Rose.