Burgos announces $750,000 grant to help fund next phase of Uptown Theater improvements

HARRISBURG, Aug. 2As part of the ongoing efforts to revitalize the Philadelphia Uptown Theater, state Rep. Danilo Burgos today announced $750,000 in state funding to help cover upcoming construction costs.

“The Uptown Theater is a community landmark that dates back decades, and this money is critical in keeping its 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 grant was made possible by the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program and will go towards phase three of renovations, which includes:

  • Demolition of the basement to the sixth floor
  • Updates to the theater’s roof, lobby, and security system
  • New windows, doors, and lights
  • Restoring the subway entrance

The total cost for the project is $10 million and is expected to be completed by 2021.

Burgos said he’s committed to working with the nonprofit organization Uptown Entertainment and Development Corporation, which has played a vital part in preserving the North Philadelphia staple.

The Redevelopment 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.