Friday, October 23, 2015

"Explore Chicago Collections" Archive Now Online, Uptown Theatre Construction Photos Included

An absolute treasure trove of photos has just been made available for Chicago history enthusiasts.
From the ECC website:
"Most libraries and museums provide detailed guides to their archives that researchers can consult on the web prior to visiting in person. Until now, researchers had to know (or guess) in advance which libraries were likely to have relevant materials.
Explore Chicago Collections brings those guides together into a single gateway to Chicago resources. By searching Explore Chicago Collections, you can easily tell which archives you'll need to consult to research your subject, and you may even discover resources in unexpected places.
Explore Chicago Collections also provides access to digitized images from those collections where possible. With over 100,000 digitized images available, you can explore fascinating imagery from Chicago-area archives covering the city's architecture, people, politics, history, culture and more."

Here are a few photos showing the construction of the Uptown Theatre. There are many more on the site. Most of these are extremely rare.

Looking west from Broadway at what would become the lobby of the Uptown Theatre. Magnolia is visible in background. (ECC)

The Uptown Theatre begins to rise. Looking NE from Lawrence (ECC)

The future site of the Uptown Theatre when it was still used as a Beer Garden in 1924 (ECC)

The Uptown Theatre shortly after completion (ECC)

Uptown Theatre under construction in 1924 (ECC)

Looking west from Broadway at what would become the main entrance of the Uptown Theatre (ECC)
The Uptown Theatre upon completion (ECC)
Looking south on Broadway towards the Uptown Theatre (ECC)
The Uptown Theatre on opening day (ECC)

1 comment:

  1. What a damn, stinking shame what Uptown declined into. Hopefully the neighborhood--and the theater--can now be resurrected.