1622 Washington Avenue,
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Opened in 1936, this Art Deco style movie house featured air-conditioning, modern projection and sound equipment and leather seats in the auditorium.
The Uptown Theatre was located just down the block from the older and smaller Gem Theatre, which it eventually forced out of business.
Opening night featured a vaudeville show, an 11-piece orchestra, newsreels, a comedy short and the main feature, “The Mystery Man”.
In the fall of 1954, a new “panoramic” screen was installed.
In 1967, the Uptown Theatre briefly closed for remodeling when it was acquired by Mid-American Theatres. It reopened later that year as the Cameo Theatre.
BAC operated the Cameo Theatre during the early 1980’s, and in 1987, it was sold to the Kerasotes chain. Within a few months, however, Kerasotes closed the Cameo Theatre, and it was afterwards torn down to make way for a fast-food restaurant.
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