The Uptown Theatre opened its doors in 1925 as Baliban and Katz Uptown Theatre. It makes sense that it is located in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. When it was operating, its size eclipsed all other theaters in the country including Radio City. It originally hosted both movies and elaborate stage shows but in the 70’s it switched to mainly being a music venue.
The Uptown has been closed since the 80’s and has fallen on hard times and is in major disrepair. There is hope that a major renovation is going to take place in the near future. My painting shows it in its heyday, circa about 1930.
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