Some of the volunteer helpers at last night's "Uptown Live!" event.  Wally Rozak, Uptown United photo

CHICAGO UPTOWN THEATRE ENCHANTS, AGAIN

Last night Chicago’s largest movie palace, the Uptown Theatre, again proved it could enchant the masses with its “acre of seats in a magic garden”.  As part of its annual dinner fundraiser,  Uptown United scheduled brief tours of the Grande Lobby. Now owned by a division of Jam Productions and awaiting restoration,  the owners graciously allowed access to both major lobbies and the auditorium. Some 300 visitors were thrilled. About 15 volunteers helped including THS members Brian Wolf, Andy Pierce, Bob Boin, and Dave Syfczak, and THS executive director Richard Sklenar.  For decades Bob and Dave have been volunteer caretakers of the building, which has been closed since 1981.  This was the first public tour of the Uptown in 11 years.  Also on hand,  Joanne and Ted from compassrose.org (the music publisher and Uptown history site) and Jimmie Wiggins, facilities manager for Jam. They are included in the picture below taken on one of the grandest grand staircases still in existence. Thanks to Jam and Jerry Mickelson for the opportunity to see the Uptown!  (RS)

Some of the volunteer helpers at last night's "Uptown Live!" event. Wally Rozak, Uptown United photo

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