What’s Up With the Uptown Theatre?
CHICAGO, IL — There is an article about the Uptown Theatre published in this week’s edition of INSIDE, a north Chicago newspaper, which updates the current legal battle surrounding ownership of the theatre.
The article mentions a grassroots petition to support the theatre. It can be found at www.compassrose.org along with a history of the Uptown.
The signature drive is intended to increase awareness about the renovation and reuse potential of an important historic landmark and to document the public support that exists for its use as an entertainment venue. It is meant to be a friendly petition that allows signers to share their memories of and hopes for the Uptown Theatre. I welcome you all to sign it and pass along the link to your friends and family.
Even if you don’t live in Chicago, consider signing the petition and let everyone know your thoughts regarding historic theatre preservation. If you have a success story about the restoration of a vintage theatre in your own hometown we’d love to hear about it.
The UPTOWN is among the very last of the nation’s grand movie palaces, and as such should be seen as a virtual museum of the high point of this art form. Chicago has a fine opportunity to preserve this monument to a glorious day and age of our collective past. True, such enormous structures are not cheap to restore and maintain, but we can only hope that soemone with both foresight and resources will step forward to rescue this cinema treasure. I have signed the petition mentioned above to this effect, but I am realistic in knowing that it will take much more than a petition to focus the public’s attention upon the irretrieveable loss that we would all suffer were the venerable UPTOWN to be lost to us all. Sad to say, the same can be said for the KINGS in Brooklyn, the LOS ANGELES, the WARNER/GRAND in Milwaukee, and so many others elsewhere that still stand for the time being as memories of the once graceful era that colored our cities. Chicago had the finest assortment of palaces nationwide; let us hope that it now preserves the last of its once enviable array of such beauties for posterity. The likes of these will not be built again.