NEWS from Friends of the Uptown (Chicago IL)

For those of you who are not following the Uptown Theatre via our very popular Facebook group, we wanted to share the following items that we feel are very exciting at this time.

We don’t want you to miss out!

1. There is much civic and private interest in renovating and reusing the Uptown Theatre at this time. City, state and federal leaders are meeting with the owners and their team to coordinate next steps toward funding and starting the big project.

What will the result be? A renovated and operating Uptown Theatre as the cornerstone of an exciting entertainment district — we hope.

Read this fantastic Chicago Tribune story and see for yourself. Perhaps the wheels of progress are turning and you can voice your support to your elected officials to help make it all happen.,0,3771265.story

2. If you have been aching to see the inside of the Uptown Theatre, a rare opportunity is coming up this month due to the hard work of the owners and local leaders. Here is a chance to support Uptown United in its annual fundraiser, to see the lobbies of the Uptown bank and the Uptown Theatre and to sample great foods along Argyle Street.

The leadership of Uptown United has been supportive of our efforts to stabilize, safeguard and promote the Uptown Theatre for a very long time. They work behind the scenes to move this project forward and to keep it at the top of everyone’s wish list.

Do buy a ticket and come enjoy a glimpse of the Uptown Theatre. No photography will be allowed at this time so you can have some refreshments and enjoy the experience with your eyes wide open rather than stressing out about getting the perfect shot for your Facebooks.

Treat yourself and a friend to a fine night in Uptown:

3. If you have not “friended” us on Facebook, then now is the time. We are at 8,356 and we are shooting for 10,000. (Only 10 new friends today? C’mon. Work it!)

4. If you care to visit the Uptown Theatre’s bronze and crystal chandeliers in person, hear a great theatre organist and see Phantom of the Opera at the same time, then you might consider attending this Sanfilippo Foundation benefit event at the Place de la Musique in Barrington Hills, Illinois.

Sanfilippo Foundation — Halloween Silent Film Gala
The Sanfilippo Foundation Presents:
3rd Annual Silent Film Gala
6 p.m. Saturday, October 29, 2011

The evening begins in the Carousel Pavilion with drinks and an elegant dinner provided by Fox Valley Catering, followed by a shuttle bus ride to the Sanfilippo Residence for the 1924 version of the silent movie classic “Phantom of the Opera,” starring Lon Chaney and Mary Philbin.

Accompanied by organist Jelani Eddington on the world’s largest theater pipe organ – a 5 Manual, 80 Rank, 1927 Wurlitzer – the film will be screened on a massive theater screen while listening to a master organist at work. Do not miss this opportunity to enjoy a groundbreaking film with a soul-stirring score at the Place de la Musique!

Costumes are optional, but we hope you’ll get into the spirit of the evening with clothing from the turn-of-the-century: 1870s – 1930s, or Black Tie Optional. Last year’s party sold out quickly, so get your tickets early. A limited number of seats are available.

Doors to the Carousel Pavilion and the bar open at 6 pm, gourmet dinner at 6:30 p.m., with the movie beginning at 8:30 pm in the Residence.

5. Closer to home and much more affordable, the Silent Film Society of Chicago will be screening “Phantom of the Opera” with Chicago’s foremost theatre organist Jay Warren at the helm at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Portage Theatre, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Six Corners. Call (773) 736-4050 for more information.

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