From Our Editors
In Focus: Uptown Theatre
- What it is: a gigantic Golden Age movie palace on Chicago's north side
- Year it opened: 1925
- Size: 46,000 square feet, making it one of the largest theaters in the country, even larger than Radio City Music Hall
- Fancy fixtures: rich tapestries, sculptures of gods, gargoyles, and other mythological beasts, and the grand lobby's iconic circular staircase
- Other tenants: In addition to its life as a movie theater, the Uptown also spent the 1970s as a music venue; performers included Elvis Costello, Duke Ellington, and the Grateful Dead.
- Current status: Closed since 1981, the theater earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.
- As for the future: A fully restored Uptown Theatre is the centerpiece of the proposed Uptown Entertainment District, along with the nearby Aragon Ballroom and Riviera.