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Uptown Theatre

2002 Photo from the Adam Martin collection.
4814-16 N Broadway
Chicago IL 60640

Closed National Register 1986
Record #6277  
 Opened: August 18, 1925
 Closed: December 19, 1981
 Current Use:
Capacity: 4381 seats
Architect(s): Rapp & Rapp
Architectural Style(s): Spanish Baroque
National Register: 1986
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As:
 Previously operated by: Balaban & Katz, ABC Great States Theatres, Plitt Theatres

The massive Spanish baroque Uptown opened in 1925 as a vaudeville and movie house. Concerts took over in the 1970s and early 1980s before the theater closed. It has sat shuttered and in disrepair for nearly two decades, but a drive to renovate the theater is under way.

With over 46,000 square feet, the Uptown is reputed to be the largest free-standing theater in the country. It would cost about $110 million to build the same theater today.

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2002 photos from the Adam Martin collection.

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1994 photos from the Darren Snow collection.

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Photos from the Paul Warshauer collection.

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Last featured 10/31/2004. Last edited 7/24/2022.

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