Uptown

Philadelphia’s historic Uptown Theater, which opened Feb. 16, 1929, recently received a $750,000 grant to help cover the restoration of the building. — (File photo)

State Rep. Danilo Burgos recently announced that the historic Uptown Theater will receive $750,000 in state funding to help cover upcoming construction costs. The grant, made possible by the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program will go towards phase three of renovations, including demolition of the basement to the sixth floor; updates to the theater’s roof, lobby and security system; new windows, doors and lights, and restoring the subway entrance.

A press release issued by Burgos’ office states that the cost for the project is $10 million and is expected to be completed by 2021.

“The Uptown Theater is a community landmark that dates back decades, and this money is critical in keeping the history alive,” explained Burgos, D-Phila. “Redeveloping the building will help improve our neighborhood’s landscape, attract visitors, create good paying jobs, provide a safe environment for families, and ultimately strengthen our local economy.”

“The North Philadelphia Delegation, made up of Senator Sharif Street and Rep. Danilo Burgos, helped to shepherd an application of $750,000 from the Redevelopmernt Assistance Capital Program to assist in the basic structural Uptown renovation. So we’re really pleased,” said Linda Richardson, President, Uptown Entertainment Development Corporation (UEDC), owner of the legendary theater which opened Feb. 16, 1929.

“Our timeline is that we start the work in the Fall, in October, at the end of our 90th anniversary celebration.”

Throughout 2019, the UEDC and the surrounding community have been celebrating the Uptown and it’s place in Philadelphia’s African-American culture.

“We are doing a masquerade ball on October 26 — ‘The Chairman’s Ball,’ in honor of our late chairperson, Corbitt D. Banks, and hosted by our current chairperson, Michelle Gordon,” said Rixhardson. “We are going to have our first reception (for donors and VIP’s) in the Uptown lobby, and the Ball will be at the Berean Auditorium, attached to Berean Church at Broad and Diamond.”

The Redevelopmernt Assistance Capital Program is a commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects.

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