Save Philadelphia's Uptown Theater

$3,480 of $65,500 goal

Raised by 47 people in 25 months
Linda Richardson  PHILADELPHIA, PA
Hi everyone, we need your help!

The Uptown Theatre is one of the last great movie houses in Philadelphia or in the country for that matter. It also has also been the site for an amazing array of performances of the most talented stars in history!

A Bit of History
The Uptown Theater was born in 1929 during the Great Depression, and provided audiences with a venue to forget their troubles. Vaudeville, Movies, Jazz and R&B each had a role in the Uptown’s fame. During the 1960’s the theater was the HUB of Rhythm and Blues. Anybody and Everybody played there! Over the years, the theater fell into disrepair. The current Owners of the theater, the Non Profit Tax Exempt organization, the Uptown Entertainment and Development Corporation, UEDC, has launched a campaign for a New Era in Entertainment. Young people will be able to showcase their talent through the Uptown Youth got Talent contest. The old groups will be able to display their enduring skills. An entire new generation of entertainers and audiences will experience the history, energy and vivacity of the Uptown Theater!

The Plan
The Uptown Theater Development Corporation has developed a strategic plan for the renovation of the theater which includes a series of phases to achieve progress. The first phase is to raise funding to retrofit the lobby which will serve as a temporary performance space to spur fundraising efforts. Although the space will be raw, it will be attractive, and meet all requirements to receive the temporary permits needed for events. The lobby will also house the community radio station.

The funds raised in Phase I will be used for:

1. Lobby retrofit for a performance venue and community radio station
- Lobby retrofit to create a venue to host fundraising events
- Refurbished space for the community radio station
- Installation of glass doors to make the lobby lit at night and create a street presence
- Marquee Retrofit with new letters and lighting 

Needed Repairs
- Necessary plumbing repairs 
- Sealing of building to prevent water infiltration

2. Radio Station
The radio station is a community sponsored independent radio station located on the ground floor of the Uptown Theater in North Central Philadelphia. It is volunteer run and serves the residents of Philadelphia. Cultural programming, political analysis and community activities are the hallmark of the station.  UEDC will redesign and refurbish the radio station’s ground floor, lobby space so that it is more functional, better serving the volunteers, audience and community.

The Lobby stage will look something like this:

Future Phases:
1. Infrastructure

Some Links

Redevelopment of Uptown Theater Is Not Just Your Imagination - Philadelphia Development News

Lost subway entrance unearthed as Uptown Theater renovations inch forward - Philadelphia City Paper

Fearless Leader: Uptown Entertainment & Development Corp.'s Linda Richardson: Working toward an Uptown Theater for the 21st century - Philly Voice

The Uptown on Wikipedia
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Update 1
Posted by Linda Richardson
25 months ago
The campaign launched a few days ago and we are encouraged by the response. During the week between the Holiday and New Years, we will light the marquee.
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$3,480 of $65,500 goal

Raised by 47 people in 25 months
Created December 15, 2016
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Staci Scott
2 days ago

I donated because I believe it's important to save this historic Philadelphia landmar.

Jerry Harper
3 days ago
Sheila Waters
3 days ago

I am a native Philadelphian and cherish the legacy of the Uptown Theatre.

Hugh Taft-Morales
4 days ago

This great venue deserves a second life!

Nicholas Sanders
1 month ago

I donated because I missed paying for and going to the Oct. 20 cabaret.

Louise Wade
3 months ago

Two tickets for Bus trip to National Museum of African American History in D.C. on Thursday October 11, 2018

Diana Waters
3 months ago

I was on City Council when the city and state pledged funds to develop the Avenue of the Arts and I pledged to contribute to ensuring the development of the "northern anchor" of Broad Street's arts & culture.

5 months ago
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6 months ago

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