Uptown Theatre

1100 North Pine Street,
Rolla, MO 65401

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Uptown Theatre

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The Uptown Theatre was designed by the Boller Brothers opening on December 9, 1941 seating 1,200. The front facade of the Uptown Theatre was a yellow brick with black panels forming a V shape down the middle until it reached the marquee. The lower part along the street level of the facade was lined with black panels and orange trim around the poster cases and the box office. The box office was in the center with entrance doors to each side. It had a large triangular style marquee with the Uptown name on each side.

The Uptown Theatre had a large lobby with plaster molding trim along the ceilings. The staircase to the balcony was to the right side. The concession stand was in the middle along the back wall of the auditorium. There was decorative plaster trim around the stage with velvet draperies linging the stage. The multiplexes in the Rolla area finally caused the closing of the Uptown Theatre in 1998. It then became a bar/restaurant.

Demolition of the theatre commenced on March 24, 2010.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 9, 2008 at 12:08 am

Here is another photo of the bar from 2007:
http://tinyurl.com/ytzfcx

thriftstorebarbie
thriftstorebarbie on January 25, 2010 at 4:55 pm

This building & the neighboring one were recently acquired by the Missouri S&T Alumni Association. They plan to tear it down in order to build a new alumni center. We need your help! The building is structurally fine, and would be an undertaking to renovate it, but still cheaper than building a new one, and you can keep the cool art deco historical building. To show your support, and help us out: write/email Miner Alumni Association

107 Castleman Hall

400 W. 10th St.

Rolla, MO 65409

(573) 341-4145

Tell them to be creative & re-use the existing structure!

crlove
crlove on April 29, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Visited Rolla over the weekend and the building had just been torn down and the lot cleaned up(or so it seemed). A shame.

It went up for sale a few years ago while I was in college there. Had I been able to pull together the funds, it might still be a working theaters (instead of the night club with a sloped floor that it became…)

TravisCape
TravisCape on February 14, 2011 at 3:51 pm

I just realized the Uptown got demolished. All the theaters in town were owned by the same company. When they were closed one at a time, they had deed restrictions placed on them to keep them from operating as movie theaters. This happened to the Ritz and also to the Uptown. I had inquired before the night club went in ad it wasn’t being sold as a movie theater.

It sucks honestly that we allow our historic building to be discarded and allow these restrictions to be placed on them.

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