May 27, 2013

The Uptown Theatre — "Beautiful without Garishness"

From the archive... The Uptown Theater.
Source: Chicago Evening Post, editorial, 19 August 1925, p. 12.
Year by year new Chicagos appear. They are integral parts of the old Chicago, just a little bit removed from the parent, but closely tied to it by easy and quick means of approach. They are in every way a part of the city's heart. These new Chicagos are in appearance cities in themselves, and they have all those things which make for business, pleasure, social intercourse and for a better and greater Chicago generally.

An imposingly beautiful new theater, known as the Uptown Theatre was opened yesterday for the enjoyment of Chicagoans, at the corner of Broadway and Lawrence avenue. It is one of Balaban & Katz houses of entertainment. It is beautiful without garishness. For its architecture and its adornment the inspiration was Spanish.

Chicago has 3,000,000 people within its borders. New Chicago and Old Chicago are one. The man on Madison street is no stranger to the man on Lawrence avenue, nor to the man on the boulevards south and west. Worthy theaters always will have their place in Chicago.

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