The Uptown marquee showing a large list of artists performing there
The Uptown Theater: Movies, Music & Memories

The Uptown opened in 1929 as a motion picture palace, lauded for its architectural and engineering designs. Later it was popular on the vaudeville circuit and became an important venue on the Chitlin Circuit, second only to NY’s Apollo Theater, and nurtured the careers of many famous African American entertainers. Experience it all with historians, former concertgoers, and performers.

The Uptown Theater: Movies, Music & Memories
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