Originally opened in 1914, the cinema had one, very large screen with a capacity of 866 seats. Since its closure in 1956 it has either been left empty or used as a warehouse. The cinema will include four screens of varying sizes.
The original facade shall remain and be restored. A few strategic changes will allow the new cinema behind to show through to street level – such as a clear entrance from the street. Behind the facade will be a generous ticket hall and café area with additional links to the existing terrace. -NewLondonArchitecture
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
I have been writing a paper about the Uptown Theatre here in Chicago and remembered one I came across while being lost in London. After some asking around I found it! I wish I had taken some photos when I was there. It used to have a creepy haunted house vibe, boarded up with just a neon sign that said "cinema" creeping out. It is being renovated by Waugh Thistleton Architects: