See Rare Views of the Uptown, Chicago!

posted by Andy Pierce on April 29, 2005 at 5:32 am


This month’s Friends of the Uptown social, Monday, May 2, will feature more rare color and black & white slides of the historic UPTOWN THEATRE, Chicago. Noted designer and theatre historian Joseph R. DuciBella will share slides from his personal photographic archive that show vintage views of the theatre from the 1920s and the 1960s.

You will be surprised to see how much of the UPTOWN’s art, furniture and lighting was intact in the 1960s from its original, 1925 decorative scheme. Mr. DuciBella’s images of the UPTOWN from the 1960s are the best color views known to exist of the theatre in operation.

If you have ever been curious to see the UPTOWN in its best light (and in color!), then this is the night for you.

Friends of the Uptown volunteers are hosting brief, monthly socials to talk casually about the history of the UPTOWN THEATRE, Chicago, and other historic venues. The socials are no-frills get-togethers where the dress is casual and the talk is informal.

Come as you are at 6:30 p.m. promptly to the first floor conference room of the Bridgeview Bank building, 4753 N. Broadway, in Uptown. Seating is limited and available only on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Snacks and drinks to share with friends would be appreciated (go ahead and bring them!). We also pitch in to help share the cost of the room rental and pizza.

This event will complete three Friends socials that were planned for this spring. Future dates may be planned contingent on time, interest and inclination. Any future schedule will be announced only via Uptown Adviser,

Please subscribe today if you are not already a member.

If you have stories, photographic prints or slides to share, please pitch your show in advance of your attendance via email to: .

Comments (1)

DavidHurlbutt on May 3, 2005 at 10:06 am

This was an outstanding evening. Mr. DuciBella certainly knows his subject. His pictures and comments demonstrated how lighting in a movie palace contributed to the movie-going experince and how the special lighting in the UPTOWN THEATER made attending a stage performance and/or a film viewing there a memorable event.

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