The Uptown Stage and Screen and Marquee Room to suspend all public and corporate programming and events

The Uptown Stage and Screen and Marquee Room to suspend all public and corporate programming and events pending resolution of a dispute with its landlord regarding the provision of reliable heat and maintenance.

After 18 years of award-winning cinematic programming as well as music, live theatre, dance and visual arts, the Uptown is forced to suspend access to the public for lack of essential services to the facility.

The Uptown Stage and Screen was built in 1951 and operated as the Uptown Theatre until closing soon after the Olympic Film Festival in 1988. Current Uptown management purchased the historic theatre and building above it in 1992. The Barron Building is recognised as Calgary’s first skyscraper and the building and the Uptown are widely considered among the finest examples of Moderne architecture in Western Canada. Newel Post Developments Ltd. was committed to preserving the building as a shining example of sustainable restoration. However, insufficient funds to complete the renovation project led to the sale of the building in 2007. By leasing back the theatre complex, the Uptown focussed on bringing renewed vigour to the facility with the opening of the Marquee Room, a complementary music venue within the premises.

The Uptown has served many communities over its long life and has hosted acts from Diana Krall to K’naan, John Polanyi to Kevin Smith and all points in between. It was instrumental in the genesis of the Encana WordFest, The Big Rock Eddies, ArtCity, Avenue Magazine, numerous film festivals and so many of what continue to be enduring fixtures on the Calgary arts scene.

Since October 2009, the Uptown has been involved in a dispute with the landlord regarding the provision of heat and other essential building services. As a result of this dispute, there is inadequate heating to ensure the comfort of the patrons. Consequently, and with great regret, the Uptown will cease public and corporate programming in the Uptown and Marquee Room effective November 6, 2011, until such time as the dispute with the landlord is resolved and services can be restored. The offices will remain open in the premises and we will be available for tours and booking enquiries until our re-launch. The Uptown has taken, and will continue to take, appropriate legal action against its landlord with the goal of resuming regular programming, and thus continuing with a Calgary arts institution.

All Inquiries may be directed to Blake O’Brien - 403 264 3707; mail@theuptown.com