Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Happy 90th Birthday To The Uptown Theater

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90 years ago today, the Uptown Theater opened its doors to the public. Today, it sits in suspended animation, no longer open to the public, but with hope of a revival lurking just around the corner.

The photos above were taken from Motion Picture News Magazine and were originally published in 1926, a year after the theater opened.  This isn't someone's fantasy of how it looked in its prime.  This is how it really looked.  We may never see the theater look like this again, but we sure do hope to see it restored at some point before it hits the century mark.

If you haven't had a chance to see the wonderful 2006 documentary Uptown: Portrait of a Palace, we urge you to take a look inside the theater, at the glory and the grime.  It's on Vimeo.


  1. It's still urban blight after all these years, there is no happy ending, is that what is being celebrated?