STILL ENDANGERED AFTER ALL THESE YEARS Uptown Theatre Named an Endangered Historic Landmark a Third Time

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- First listed on the Landmarks Illinois* Ten-Most Endangered List in 1996, and then again in 2001, the historic Uptown Theatre, 4816 N. Broadway, in Chicago, remains vacant, deteriorating and without an active restoration project. The Uptown Theatre was named again to the statewide “Top 10” endangered historic building list again today, April 20, 2010, according to Jim Peters, president and executive director of Landmarks Illinois. The announcement 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 and designated a Chicago Landmark in 1991, including its remarkable Spanish Baroque interior details. The City of Chicago, local leaders and a dedicated group of volunteers have diligently protected and promoted the 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 live performance venue. However, the current economic climate makes it difficult for the private owner to secure the $40 million required to restore and reuse the theatre. City, state and federal support is needed to help back the owner's plans and ensure a future for this neglected landmark. The Uptown Theatre could 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" was founded in 1971 and was known as "Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois" (LPCI) through June 2006. ### Notes: We appreciate the advocacy and attention to detail of Landmarks Illinois, its director and president Jim Peters and the entire board, staff and membership. Please view the Landmarks Illinois web site for more information: www.landmarks.org. Volunteer spokesman John Holden is a 20-year Uptown resident and activist, Uptown homeowner, former president 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 advocacy organization 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 reusing the 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 to you, the city, the state and the region as a cultural landmark, an entertainment icon and a potential jobs and economic engine.

Mr. Jerry Mickelson Attn: Owners of the Uptown Theatre c/o JAM Productions 205 W. Goethe St. Chicago, IL 60610 (312) 440-9191 Ald. Mary Ann Smith 48th Ward Community Service Office 5533 N. Broadway Chicago, IL 60640 (773) 784-5277 Ald. Helen Shiller 46thWard Community Service Office 4544 N. Broadway Chicago, IL 60640 (773) 728-8385 President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC 20500 Honorable Pat Quinn Governor of the State of Illinois James R. Thompson Center 100 W. Randolph St., Room 16-100 Chicago, IL 60601 (312) 814-2121 Honorable Richard Durbin United States Senator (IL) 230 S. Dearborn St., Suite 3892 Chicago, IL 60604 (312) 353-4952 Honorable Roland Burris United States Senator (IL) 230 S. Dearborn St., Suite 3900 Chicago, IL 60604 (312) 886-3506 Mayor Richard M. Daley Office of Correspondence 121 N. LaSalle St., Room 507 Chicago, IL 60602 (312) 744-3300

Ms. Christine Raguso Acting Commissioner City of Chicago Department of Community Development 121 N. LaSalle St., 10th Floor Chicago, IL 60602 (312) 744-4190 Ms. Patty Scudiero Zoning Administrator City of Chicago Department of Zoning and Land Use Planning 121 N. LaSalle St., Room 905 Chicago, IL 60602 (312) 744-5777 Honorable Jan Schakowsky U.S. Representative, 9th District 5533 N. Broadway Chicago, IL 60640 (773) 506-7100 Honorable Harry Osterman Illinois State Representative, 14th District 5535 North Broadway Chicago, IL 60640 (773) 784-2002ý Honorable Greg Harris Illinois State Representative, 13th District 1967 W. Montrose Ave. Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 348-3434 Honorable Heather Steans Illinois State Senator, 7th District 5533 North Broadway Chicago, IL 60640 (773) 769-1717 Mr. Royce Yeater The National Trust for Historic Preservation 53 W. Jackson Boulevard Chicago, IL 60604-3684 (312) 939-5547 Ms. Oprah Winfrey Harpo Studios, Inc. 1058 W. Washington Boulevard Chicago, IL 60607

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