4816 North Broadway,
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One of the last great movie palaces in Chicago, this fabulous theater was built in the Uptown neighborhood in the north of Chicago in 1925. The Uptown Theater was the largest movie palace in Chicago, larger than any in the entertainment hub within the Chicago downtown known as ‘The Loop’, and according to the Theatre Historical Society of America list, was the 12th largest movie palace ever built in the U.S.A.
Changing times and the shift in population have not helped the Uptown Theater and although it was a destination for moviegoers for several decades, it was closed December 19, 1981. Additionally, the Uptown Theater has succumbed to water damage, vandalism and the wear and tear of time. Every year its exterior stands stoically facing the cold winter while its interior slowly erodes.
The Uptown Theater is one of the last truly great theaters without a certain future. The Uptown Theater must be saved before it is too late.
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