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Uptown Theatre
4816 N. Broadway, Chicago (Cook County)




First listed on Landmarks Illinoisí Ten Most Endangered List in 1996, and then again in 2001, the 1925 Uptown Theater remains vacant, deteriorating, and without an active restoration project. It has been on the National Register since 1986 and a Chicago Landmark since 1991. The City of Chicago and a dedicated group of volunteers have diligently protected the theatre through nearly three decades of absentee ownership and disinterested management. Finally, in 2008, a new owner purchased the theatre and has plans to restore it as a live performance venue. However, the recent economic climate has made it difficult to secure the $40 million required to restore and reuse the building.


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Photo Credit: 1, 2, 7 Courtesy of Theatre Historical Society of America, Elmhurst, Ill.; 3 Bob Nick, Friends of the Uptown Theatre; 4,9, 10 Landmarks Illinois; 5 Courtesy of Jack Miller; 6 Suzy Poling, www.suzypoling.com; 8 Jan Theun van Rees, www.onewallaway.com; 11 unknown








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