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Uptown Theater
Address 1350 Third Street
Napa, California
Coordinates 38°17′47″N 122°17′15″W / 38.2964905°N 122.2874341°W / 38.2964905; -122.2874341
Owner George Altamura
Capacity 863
Opened August 12, 1937 (1937-08-12)
Reopened May 14, 2010 (2010-05-14)
Rebuilt 2010
Years active 1937-2000, 2010-Present

The Uptown Theater is an entertainment venue located in Napa, California, United States. The theater is in an Art Deco style building which originally opened to the public in 1937. It is currently utilized as a concert and entertainment venue with a seating capacity of 863.


The theater was originally constructed as a movie and live entertainment venue. It made its public debut on August 12, 1937, showing the film Ever Since Eve. The original theater was first divided in half in 1973 to create a two screen venue. It was then divided again in the late 1986 in order to accommodate four screens showing second run movies. The theater closed in 2000 due to falling attendance and competition from other newer facilities.

After purchasing the Uptown Theater in 2000, real estate developer George Altamura announced in 2003 that he had partnered with several investors including Francis Ford Coppola in a project to restore the building as a live entertainment venue. As restoration of the interior took place, several coats of paint were removed from the ceiling revealing an original Greco-Roman mural. Artists were brought in to restore the artwork to original form. Meyer Sound Laboratories played a key role in the design of the venue's sound system.

The theater reopened on May 14, 2010 with a performance by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Since reopening, the theater has hosted several hundred performers including Willie Nelson, Boz Scaggs, Leon Russell, Rosanne Cash, George Thorogood, Merle Haggard, John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Jerry Jeff Walker, Lily Tomlin, B.B. King, Glen Campbell, John Hiatt, Los Lonely Boys, Cyndi Lauper, Lyle Lovett and Robert Cray.

The theater's ceiling was damaged during the 2014 South Napa earthquake. Although the structure of the building was determined to be sound, the building was red tagged until repairs were completed. The first post-earthquake event was a concert featuring Ziggy Marley which took place on November 9, 2014.

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