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Hear about the past and future of the Uptown Theatre, a movie palace at the corner of Lawrence and Broadway. Designed by Rapp and Rapp, the elaborate Balaban and Katz Uptown Theatre has remained shuttered since 1981.

$5 public
FREE for CAF members*
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

With more than 4,300 seats in its auditorium and three vast lobby spaces, the historic Uptown Theatre is one of the largest surviving movie palaces in the world. When it opened in 1925, its owners invited guests to experience "an acre of seats in a magic city." One might wonder: is the "magic city" Chicago or the theatre itself? Theatre historian and journalist Andy Pierce, a founder of Friends of the Uptown, shares the building's history, gives a visual tour of this seldom-seen landmark and discusses continuing preservation advocacy efforts to keep it viable for renovation and reuse.

AIA/CES credit: 1 LU

  • Although this event is free for CAF members, advance registration is required.
  • All online transactions will be charged a $3 convenience fee. To avoid this fee, order tickets via phone (312.922.3432) or in-person at CAF's Box Office at 224 S. Michigan Ave.

assistive listening systemsThe Lecture Hall @ CAF is equipped with an FM Assistive Listening System. To request a receiver, with either a headset or neckloop, please inquire with a CAF staff member at the program.