Get A Glimpse Of The Long Shuttered Uptown Theatre In Regina Spektor Video

At the corner of Lawrence and Broadway in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood are venues that have become rites of passage for the city's music lovers.

The Aragon Ballroom, Riviera Theatre and Green Mill have all seen top talent on the stages for decades, to the delight of thousands and thousands of fans.

But there is another.

Just north of the Green Mill on Broadway is the long shuttered Uptown Theatre, the most majestic of them all.  The 4,300 seat venue was a movie palace for decades after opening in 1925 before tansitioning into a host of concerts from legends like Grateful Dead, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Marley.  It closed in 1981.

In need of a multi-million dollar restoration, its fate has remained in limbo, although it is presently owned by local promoters Jam Productions (who also book The Riv and Aragon).

But a new video by Regina Spektor gives us a look at its former glory.  It was filmed in the theatre and the awareness it creates may ulitmately pay a small role in its eventual comeback.

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