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In Memory of Joe DuciBella

Balaban & Katz Foundation
A tribute to the Balaban & Katz entertainment corporation, which built and operated the UPTOWN, by grandson David Balaban, named for his grandfather, who was one of the five Balaban brothers who led the business. David Balaban, the younger, is an accomplished television journalist, producer and teacher. His book, "The Chicago Movie Palaces of Balaban and Katz" (2006) is with Arcadia. He also has a comprehensive video documentary about B&K in the works.

Theatre Historical Society - A national non-profit educational organization dedicated to documenting and celebrating historic theaters. The publisher and distributor of the Uptown Theatre book, which is in its third printing.

Nitestar - A script , written by Jerry Vasilatos, that was inspired by both the Uptown and the Granada

At the Uptown's WurliTzer - Don Isham was a popular organist in the Great Northwestern United States who also toured nationally. He is shown here at the Uptown Theatre, Chicago's Wurlitzer, c. 1927.

Ald. Mary Ann Smith (48th)

Chicago Theatre Home Pages - Z to Annoyance Theatre

Illinois Raptor Center


Jam Productions, Ltd. - JAM is one of the USA's largest producers of live entertainment. Headquartered in Chicago, with offices in Los Angeles and Minneapolis, Jam is one of the top-grossing concert companies over the past 30 years and is the largest independent company of its kind in the U.S. Jam averages $110 million in gross revenues annually and produces more than 1,200 concerts, theatrical productions and special events in 22 states. (Source: Windy City Times, July 6, 2005)

Booth Hansen, architects - Chicago, Illinois

K2N Crest, structural engineers - Oak Brook, Illinois

Conrad Schmitt Studios - New Berlin, Wisconsin

The Commission on Chicago Landmarks
This commission was established in 1968 by City ordinance. It is responsible for recommending to the City Council that individual buildings, sites, objects, or entire districts be designated as Chicago Landmarks, thereby providing legal protection. It functions with nine voting members appointed by the Mayor and City Council and is assisted by an active and enthusiastic staff.

City of Chicago Department of Buildings

City of Chicago Department of Law

Landmarks Illinois
Founded in 1971, this statewide not-for-profit membership organization has been dedicated to the preservation of historic landmark buildings and sites.

Uptown United
Provides assistance to businesses and investors located in and serving Uptown and encourages new development opportunities.

Compass Rose Cultural Crossroads
A small, not-for-profit publisher with specialties in history, mythology, culinary lore, and the preservation of folklore. Volunteers from Compass Rose have been very supportive of the Uptown Theatre and have made the "Uptown: Portrait of a Palace" dvd available to the public in cooperation with the filmmakers.

John Pappas and Michael Bisberg, filmmakers - "Uptown: Portrait of a Palace"

"Uptown: Portrait of a Palace"

AIA Chicago - The Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Preservation Chicago - The local not-for-profit advocacy organization focused on safeguarding and promoting historic buildings within the city limits of Chicago.

Structural Engineers Association of Illinois

The School of the Art Institute Historic Preservation Program

The Silent Film Society of Chicago - Stewards of Chicago's annual summer silent film festival, this organization promotes the preservation and presentation of silent films with organ and sometimes orchestra accompaniment. The society has its headquarters in the Portage Theatre, Chicago.

Illinois Historic Preservation Agency - The Agency operates over 60 historic sites and memorials. The Agency also administers the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation - This member-supported organization that was founded in 1949 by congressional charter to support the preservation of historic buildings and sites.

Society for Commercial Archeology - Devoted to the study and preservation of American roadside architecture.

Chicago Press Corporation, est. 1927 - Printers of Theatre Historical Society of America publications, including the wonderful Uptown Theatre edition of Marquee magazine.

"Lost Chicago" - By David Lowe, this pictorial essay was a clarion call for historic preservation when first published in 1975.

The Beaux Arts Alliance - The Beaux Arts Alliance celebrates the many cultural links between the United States and France.

Chicago History Museum - Devoted to collecting, interpreting, and presenting the rich multicultural history of Chicago and Illinois.

Cinema Treasures - Non-profit website dedicated to saving classic movie theaters. Includes theater info, news, photographs, virtual tours, message boards, and more.

Movie Theatres - Lists indoor and drive-in theaters in the United States and Canada.

Cinema Tour - Extensive listing of cinemas and photos listed by country and state. Includes photo tours, general and historical information and more.

Silver Screens - One man's effort to tour and document the great cinema buildings of the world.

Architectural Artifacts - This whimsical store and special event space features many objects of art from lost buildings from around the world. They specialize in unique antiques, historic architectural pieces, mantels, stained glass, and much more. Its owner and staff have been very supportive of Friends of the Uptown over the years.

Sanfilippo Foundation - The Sanfilippo "Place de la Musique" is known worldwide for its magnificent collections of beautifully restored antique music machines, phonographs, art glass, and the world's largest restored theatre pipe organ. The Sanfilippo family has been very supportive of the effort to restore and safeguard historic lighting fixtures for the Uptown Theatre.

Classic Cinemas and Tivoli Enterprises - This family business of 18 theatres with 84 screens in suburban Chicago and northern Illinois offers a wonderful way to experience classic theatres with contemporary amenities and technology. Classic Cinemas and Tivoli Enterprises has been very supportive of Theatre Historical Society of America over the years.

California Theatre, San Jose, California
Home to the Uptown Theatre, Chicago, WurliTzer console

Green Mill Cocktail Lounge - With an interior dating to 1933, our musical neighbors to the south offer the best jazz club experience in a vintage setting. If you haven't been here, then what are you waiting on?

Crew and Wild Pug

Fat Cat Bar & Grill

Uptown Bikes

Uptown Update

Rock for Kids - A non-profit organization that provides support, hope, inspiration and assistance to underserved children and teens.

Paul Natkin, photographer - The Chicago artist who photographed many popular musicians at the Uptown Theatre.

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