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That’s terrific! Is there any way you can fax them over, David? We’ll add them to the Uptown Theatre history pages of the Compass Rose site when we do our next update. There is a lot of speculation about who performed during that era; it would be great to see something concrete. Our fax is (773) 913-8047.
Direct link to the theatre pages:
A 1927 photo depicting the Uptown Theatre organ console can be found here:
There will be an Uptown Community Portrait taking place in front of the Uptown Theatre on August 20th and the more people to show up the better. It is sponsored by Friends of the Uptown, UpCorp, the Uptown Chicago Commission, and Compass Rose Cultural Crossroads. Visit www.compassrose.org to read a history of the theatre, see some great photos, and learn more about the August 20th event. If you’d like to help out, drop an e-mail to
I do have an old ticket book which I think is from the 1940s. It’s a “Balaban & Katz Theaters Happiness Book” which originally sold for $5. On the back are listed the theatres located in the Chicago area, 49 in all. A scan of it can be found on a signature drive I’m hosting for the Uptown Theatre in Chicago. In the past few weeks we’ve added several more new and old photographs of the interior of the theatre. If you’re interested, I can send you a better scan of the ticket book.
There is an article about the Uptown Theatre published in this week’s edition of INSIDE, a north Chicago newspaper.
The petition mentioned can be found at www.compassrose.org