STILL ENDANGERED AFTER ALL THESE YEARSUptown Theatre Named an Endangered Historic Landmark a Third Time
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- First listed on the Landmarks Illinois* Ten-Most Endangered List in 1996, and thenagain in 2001, the historic Uptown Theatre, 4816 N. Broadway, in Chicago, remains vacant, deterioratingand without an active restoration project.The Uptown Theatre was named again to the statewide “Top 10” endangered historic building list againtoday, April 20, 2010, according to Jim Peters, president and executive director of Landmarks Illinois. Theannouncement was made during a morning press conference at the statehouse.Closed since 1981, the 1925 Balaban & Katz movie palace was listed on the National Register in 1986 anddesignated a Chicago Landmark in 1991, including its remarkable Spanish Baroque interior details. TheCity of Chicago, local leaders and a dedicated group of volunteers have diligently protected and promotedthe theatre through nearly three decades of absentee ownership and disinterested management.More recently, in 2008, a new owner purchased the theatre and began planning to restore it as a liveperformance venue. However, the current economic climate makes it difficult for the private owner tosecure the $40 million required to restore and reuse the theatre. City, state and federal support is neededto help back the owner's plans and ensure a future for this neglected landmark. The Uptown Theatrecould be an impressive point of pride and economic engine for the neighborhood, city and state.*The statewide, nonprofit historic preservation organization now known as "Landmarks Illinois" wasfounded in 1971 and was known as "Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois" (LPCI) through June2006.###Notes: We appreciate the advocacy and attention to detail of Landmarks Illinois, its director andpresident Jim Peters and the entire board, staff and membership. Please view the Landmarks Illinois website for more information: www.landmarks.org. Volunteer spokesman John Holden is a 20-year Uptown resident and activist, Uptown homeowner, formerpresident of the Uptown Historical Society, and a longtime patron of the Uptown Theatre.Friends of the Uptown, which has represented longtime volunteers since 1998, is a volunteer advocacyorganization dedicated to the renovation and reuse of the theatre. www.uptowntheatre.com.--30--
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Worldwide UPTOWN THEATRE Letter-Writing Campaign Begins Today
We ask that you assert your support for the UPTOWN and advance the cause of renovating and reusingthe theatre by writing and calling the following local leaders. Our theme today is that E-MAIL IS NOT ACTIVISM or ACTIVISM IS NOT E-MAIL. Please type or handwrite your letters today.Please write a personal note or letter directly these leaders to tell them why the UPTOWN is important toyou, the city, the state and the region as a cultural landmark, an entertainment icon and a potential jobsand economic engine.