2002 Photo from the Adam Martin collection
4814-16 N Broadway|
Chicago IL 60640
|Record #6277 |
Opened: August 18, 1925|
Closed: December 19, 1981
Capacity: 4381 seats|
Architect(s): Rapp & Rapp
Architectural Style(s): Spanish Baroque
National Register: 1986
Current Organ: none
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| Previously operated by: Balaban & Katz Theatres, ABC Great States 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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Photos from the Paul Warshauer collection.
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Last featured 10/31/2004. Last edited 11/15/2018.