11 Most Endangered Historic Places

Uptown Theater

Year Listed: 1996
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Threat: Deterioration, Neglect

Significance

Covering most of a city block with its façade soaring eight stories into the sky, the lavish Uptown Theatre entertained Chicagoans for decades. In 1981, the Uptown showed its last movie, and since then the abandoned theater has suffered from extensive water damage and vandalism. Despite the deterioration, the theater remains structurally sound.