Uptown Theatre

4816 N. Broadway,
Chicago, IL 60640

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JamesAPierce on June 20, 2002 at 11:10 pm

FYI: Friends of the Uptown, Chicago, a longtime volunteer advocacy remains intact and active. Volunteer activity began at the theater in 1977, continued through its closure in 1981 and has safeguarded it ever since. Stay in touch with news and views about the Uptown Theatre by subscribing to Uptown Adviser at http://www.uptowntheatre.com
Archived editions of Uptown Adviser online may be read at: View link

MarkZipperer on June 19, 2002 at 1:50 pm

Dear Friends,
Recently, I have accepted the role as CEO of the Uptown Theatre and Center for the Arts. By now, you have probably heard the exciting news about our renewed effort to purchase the Uptown Theatre. Recently we entered into a purchase agreement with the current owner of the Theatre that will enable us the exclusive right to purchase this historic property within the next 120 days.

Currently, I am spearheading a campaign to raise $4 million to complete the purchase of the Theatre building. This campaign will also enable us to stabilize/winterize the building, replenish our operating budget, and provide the funding necessary to allow us to kick off a campaign to secure all funds necessary to completely restore the Theatre to its original grandeur.

Although we have already made considerable progress toward our goals, many have asked us, “How can I help?” GLAD YOU ASKED! First and foremost, we are seeking donations, which will be reserved strictly for the purchase of the Theatre. Because we have only 15 weeks to complete this purchase, we must quickly raise the remaining needed funds. Thankfully we already have commitments toward a portion of the $4 million.

The best way to donate is online at: www.uptowntheatrechicago.com. Click the “SUPPORT” button on the left and then “donate online.” Or, you can mail your donation to our office address listed below.

If you’d like a more detailed perspective about our strategic plan to make this restoration a success, please call and set up an appointment and we’ll talk in person.

We are in the process also expanding our current board of directors. As such, we’re looking for committed people with expertise in the following areas to be a part of our board:

  • Management and Leadership
  • Finance/Legal/Human Resources
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Restoration, Architecture and Historic Preservation
  • Nominations (seeking out other board members)

If you are interested in a board position, please e-mail your biography with a short summary about why you are interested in saving the Uptown Theatre to:

And finally, if you know someone who you think might be a donor or potential board member, please forward this e-mail on to that person (s).

Remember, time is of the essence, and we need everyone’s help to save this historic Chicago landmark!

Best regards,

Mark M. Zipperer
Chief Executive Officer
Uptown Theatre and Center for the Arts
4707 N. Broadway, Suite 315
Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: 773-561-5700
Fax: 773.784.5900

MichaelBeyer on June 19, 2002 at 1:35 pm

RADIO INTERVIEW that will be webcasted!
WLUW-FM 88.7 (Loyola University Radio)
Date: Friday, June 21, 2002
Time: after 2:00 pm

Mark Zipperer, newly appointed CEO of the Uptown Theatre and Center for the Arts, will be interviewed on “Stephen in the Evenin'” by Nick Tristano. The 7-10 minute segment will be a casual interview on the group’s plans for the Uptown Theatre.

Tune in to the show via webcast at http://www.stephenintheevenin.com/
The show is on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6-10 pm and Fridays 2-6 pm.

For more information on the Uptown Theatre and Center for the Arts, check out the official web site:

MichaelBeyer on June 19, 2002 at 1:28 pm

CHICAGO (June 11, 2002)

An agreement signed last Wednesday between the not-for-profit Uptown Theatre and Center for the Arts and Cercore Properties Corp. breathes new life into the group’s bid to purchase and restore the historic Uptown Theatre to its original grandeur. In the first major initiative spearheaded by Uptown Theatre and Center for the Arts' newly-appointed Chief Executive Officer Mark Zipperer, the agreement extends through early October the contract allowing the group to buy the landmark building, which originally expired in December 2001.

The top priority of the Uptown Theatre and Center for the Arts now, according to Zipperer, is to re-build the momentum of the fundraising campaign that was started last July, when Albert I. Goodman, on behalf of the Edith-Marie Appleton Foundation, kicked off the drive to renovate the historic Uptown Theatre with a generous gift of $1 million and a pledge of continuing support.

“My belief in the importance of purchasing and restoring the historic Uptown for future generations is stronger than ever,” said Goodman. “It’s not only a treasure for the citizens of Chicago, it’s a gem for us to share with all America.”

Zipperer, who expressed confidence that funding for purchasing the theatre will be finalized by early October, is a Board Member of the Uptown Chicago Commission and president of the Buena Park Neighborhood Association, the Uptown area’s largest block club. Professionally, his credentials span 14 years of marketing, management and financial experience with Andersen, UCC TotalHome of Chicago, General Electric Company and the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago. He also serves as the Vice Chairman of the Walt Disney Magnet School Local School Council and a member of the Dance for Life Corporate Donation Committee.

The 37-year-old Zipperer hails from the Milwaukee area and graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance and Real Estate.

“The future of Uptown has never shone brighter,” said Zipperer. “Working together and drawing upon the strength of our diversity, we have the opportunity to restore a building that is a key part of our history, promote tourism, create jobs within the community, make theatre more readily accessible to area children, and eventually provide a home to many theatre groups that cannot currently afford one.”

cjcarlson on January 23, 2002 at 4:26 pm

Contrary to Mr. Pierce’s comments to mkmarshall, a great deal is happening at the Uptown Theatre and Center for the Arts. However, not all of our plans have been disseminated to the public at this time. We are currently in the midst of an aggressive capital campaign. For continual updates on our progress, visit the official web site at www.uptowntheatrechicago.com

mkmarshall on January 18, 2002 at 2:15 pm

I received an e-mail from James Pierce today in response to my inquiry about work on the Uptown, and he said he wasn’t aware of any new progress as of 1-18-02. The organization has a great website with a lot of good information at http://uptowntheatrechicago.com.

CarolJeanCarlson on November 30, 2001 at 3:40 pm

The official website of the Uptown Theatre and Center for the Arts, the group that has as its mission the restoration of the Uptown theatre is up and running. Check us out at www.uptowntheatrechicago.com

JamesAPierce on August 6, 2001 at 1:44 pm

Thank you for your interest in the Uptown Theatre, Chicago. You can learn more at http://www.uptowntheatre.com

A new web site, http://www.uptowntheatrechicago.com is coming soon. It will support the Uptown Theatre and Center for the Arts, a renovation and reuse project. Again, thank you for your interest! More good news coming soon!

JevonTruesdale on February 26, 2001 at 9:23 pm

I am looking for anyone interested in pursuing a business venture involving the Uptown theater. The idea I have in mind involves using the theater for film presentation and not for live venues. I live in Chicago and would be happy to provide contact information to anyone who is really serious about this proposition. Please contact me by email.