Uptown Theatre

612 8 Avenue SW,
Calgary, AB T2P

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Uptown Theatre

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The Uptown Theatre in downtown Calgary, in the Barron Building, was opened in 1951 by Jacob Barron, owner of the National Theatres chain of cinemas as its flagship theatre.

The theatre was built in the late Art Moderne style and is one of the finest examples of the architectural style in Calgary. The lobby of the Uptown Theatre has been compared to the Art Deco/Moderne buildings of Miami Beach.

In 1993, the theatre was remodeled and restored, and the former balcony, which had been converted into a second auditorium in the 1970’s, was made into a small stage area for live performances.

Additionally, the main auditorium was completely restored to its original appearance, including the restoration of plaster torches on each side of the large screen and brocade curtains (which opened before the main feature). As a gesture to the expectations of modern audiences, 100 seats were removed from the main auditorium to expand legroom for all patrons.

The Uptown Theatre specialized in art and foreign film, and presented new Canadian short features before each main presentation. It stopped screening movies in 2012 and went over to live theatre use. This closed in 2013.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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teecee
teecee on March 24, 2005 at 5:26 pm

Nice recent B&W photo:
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ghamilton
ghamilton on April 13, 2005 at 12:12 am

Highlight for me with this house was Funny Thing Happened on the Way To The Forum.I loved that movie and still do.Must have been 1967?I remember going to a doctor in the bldg.next door.The interior was fairly severe.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 14, 2005 at 11:57 am

The architect of the Uptown was John A. Cawston, of the firm of Stevenson, Cawston & Stevenson.

Here is a brief essay about the Barron Building, courtesy of the Calgary Public Library.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 15, 2005 at 3:43 am

Here is a decent picture of the Barron Building, taken during the time the theatre was closed.

LuisV
LuisV on July 7, 2013 at 7:23 pm

It’s a travesty that it lost its spectacular marquee for the spartan utilitarian one it sports in the into photo. I wonder if the interior is just as disappointing?

rivest266
rivest266 on February 8, 2014 at 8:45 pm

1951 grand opening ad uploaded in the photo section. It stopped showing movies in 2012.

23skidoo
23skidoo on July 25, 2014 at 3:41 pm

This needs to be marked as closed as it’s no longer open and is currently (summer 2014) undergoing redevelopment as either offices or condos. It’s not being demolished, however.

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