Uptown Entertainment & Development Corporation with Scribe Video Center
Videomaking Consultant - Narcel Reedus, Humanities Consultant - Renee Hobbs, Post Production - Renne Hobbs
This video is available for purchase as part of a Precious Places Community History Project Vol.1 compilation DVD.
The Uptown Theater occupies center stage in the shining history of North Broad Street in Philadelphia. From 1951 to 1978, in an ornate brick building on Broad between Susquehanna and Dauphin, the Uptown was Philly's vaunted home for the biggest R&B, Soul, and Funk acts of the day. While the building has had other incarnations, from its birth as a grand movie palace in the 1920s to its conversion into a church in the 1980s, it is its heyday as a music entertainment venue that residents most remember.