The return of the Uptown
Posted: Sunday, March 7, 2010 12:00 am
The Uptown Theater holds a special place in the hearts of Napans.
People remember it in one or the other of its previous incarnations:
• A glorious art deco movie house before, during and after the war years, long before Napa Valley was a destination for travelers from around the world;
• a twin theater bowing to the changing entertainment demands of the 1970s;
• a threadbare and struggling four-plex;
• for the last decade a silent shell in the heart of downtown.
Today, owner George Altamura says that in only a few weeks the Uptown will start life anew, as a lovingly restored home to concerts and cultural events.
The lineup of musical artists unveiled by booking agencies suggests this day truly is here at last, as does the brilliance of the restored theater ceiling and the bustle of a dozen workers bearing tools for the work still to be done.