August 28, 2008

The Gray Old Lady is Ready--An Article on the Uptown Theatre

Uptown Theatre image courtesy Compass Rose Cultural Crossroads.
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Ted Calhoun, a director at Compass Rose Cultural Crossroads (the host of this history blog) and a Friend of the Uptown (he appeared in the documentary "Uptown: Portrait of a Palace") was recently interviewed by Lorraine Swanson for this article on the Uptown Theatre.

The gray old lady is ready
Is a makeover for the Uptown Theatre waiting in the wings?


For decades, the Uptown Theatre's loudest champions have watched a succession of owners mishandle the once "palace of enchantment" as if it were a shabby clown painting on velvet. They remember the bad times, when sheens of ice covered the winding staircases in the Grand Lobby, of burst water pipes and investors that raised their hopes for building's restoration, only to walk away broke and defeated.

Since the announced sale of the Uptown Theatre to Jerry Mickelson of Jam Productions, the Uptown's champions are cautiously optimistic that the architectural landmark will finally get the makeover they've been waiting and fighting for. Mickelson's limited liability company, UTAII, purchased the theater in a court auction for $3.2 million last month...

For complete article, go here.

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