Uptown Theatre

1300 Jadwin Avenue,
Richland, WA 99354

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The Uptown Theatre served Richland, WA from 1950, and into the 1970’s when multi-plexes came to town, it was history. January 5, 1970 has the X-rated "Midnight Cowboy" playing.

In 1983 it was expanded to three screens.

Contributed by MikeRogers

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 23, 2010 at 6:02 pm

The entry for Walla Walla architect Henry Brandt Gessel in the 1955 edition of the AIA’s American Architects Directory lists the Uptown Theatre in Richland among his designs, and gives 1950 as the year of the project. The Uptown was mentioned in Boxoffice of August 19, 1950, which said that it was soon to open and would have 1,250 seats.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 24, 2010 at 10:38 am

Yeah, they always know how to ruin a Grand old Theatre with more screens,But it was either that or close,I know.

thisisjohnbook
thisisjohnbook on January 11, 2013 at 11:36 pm

First movie I saw here was “Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom”. Also saw “Spies Like Us”, “Brazil”, and “Showgirls” at the Uptown.

The last film shown at the Uptown was “Big Momma’s House 2” on February 11, 2006. It would be shut down for good on Sunday, February 12th.

Here’s a photo from Flickr with the construction of the theater, June 5, 1950: http://www.flickr.com/photos/idyllopuspress/3433277309/in/photostream/

A look at an indoor display inside the Uptown for the film “Little Egypt”. Upon walking into Uptown, this would have been to the wall on the right side. In the 80’s and early 90’s, the wall would have been lined up with two or three stand-up arcade video games. http://www.flickr.com/photos/idyllopuspress/3434080940/in/photostream/

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