Update for the Uptown

The Uptown Theater rises again. 

By G.W. Miller III 
Add Comment Add Comment | Comments: 5 | Posted Jun. 23, 2009

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Then came the riots and the manufacturing exodus of the ’60s, and the gang wars of the ’70s. By 1978, the 2,000-seat Uptown was too small for the major acts, in an area that was too sketchy.

The neighborhood lost its heart. Then the crack epidemic eroded its soul. 

“It’s not quite as daunting when you say you’re doing something at Broad and Susquehanna as it was when we started this project,” says Richardson. “The area is starting to emerge.”

Temple students occupy more of the neighborhood near the theater, and there are recent commercial projects along North Broad—a movie complex and an incoming grocery store. 

The UEDC has received pledges of $3.5 million but it will take around $8 million to get the facility fully operational.

By the fall of 2011, Richardson hopes the work will be done—office and education space, expansion of the auditorium seating, maybe a restaurant on the ground floor. She expects the facility to employ around 200 people and provide educational and job-training services to residents from the surrounding community.

“The Uptown rose as a place people could go and forget their problems,” Richardson says. “We think we can 
create something similar there again.” ■

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1. michael mcgehee said... on Feb 24, 2010 at 09:13AM

“the uptown theater was a great place to watch a stage show.it was just as good as the apollo theater in new york city.i enjoyed going watching all the great shows that were there.my favorite group was the vibrations.this guys were out of sight,they were always the last performers because of their showmanship abilities.this theater will always have a place in history that is very important element to society.it will always have great memories for me as well as for others. sincerely yours,michael mcgehee”

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2. Stan said... on May 12, 2010 at 08:33PM

“I never had an opportunity to enjoy music at the Uptown, but I drive by there every day and I want to congratulate Linda Richardson for moving forward with renovations. A great city needs a great Uptown Theater.”

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3. Michelle said... on Dec 6, 2010 at 03:05PM

“Wow! this is my first time on this website. It has been a long time but the memories will never leave me. I was in tears the last time I passed the Uptown, I said how could this be! I'm so glad to read this. Many thanks to Linda Richardson for saving the Uptown. There are a lot of people out there who would be glad to know about this and I'm going to start spreading the word. One great memory, I couldn't wait to be old enough to stay for the Midnight Show and it was worth the wait in line!!! to see the Delfonics, still my favorite group today. This really warms my heart and now I'm tearful in a good way!”

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4. lorelei said... on Jul 3, 2012 at 08:11PM

“I was at the tour last Sat. It was nice. I used to live behind the uptown so it eas a nice memory. I sent an article to the daily news that was in the paper on 6-29.

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5. Bonsai136 said... on Feb 13, 2015 at 04:59AM

“65 year young white guy here. Took dates to the Uptown in its glory days. Many great memories.


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