Uptown Theater: A Napa Valley Staple
Uptown Theater is an iconic piece of Napa Valley history. In fact, if you talk to the locals, many have an interesting story or two about this historic theater. It all began in 1937, during the Golden Era Hollywood premiere. The Uptown Theater had its grand opening that included banners, searchlights and popular movie stars from the time. The film to be shown at the theater was “Ever Since Eve.” It featured Robert Montgomery and Marion Davies.
The Uptown Theater was sold to the Blumenfield Company in 1945, and it underwent many changes to meet the evolving eras. The biggest modification was when the theater was split into two in 1973, and then in 1986, it was divided into four theaters. In the 1990s, the theater had several different owners and experienced more changes. In 1998, the theater re-opened and began featuring independent films, fitting nicely with the local arts culture.
Even with a promising future, the Uptown Theater was not able to sustain itself, and it was taken over by new owners in 2000. This is when the biggest changes were made, turning the theater into a live venue instead of an old-movie showing theater. This is where the Uptown Theater stands today; it offers live music while also capturing the glory of past eras. Both locals and visitors visit the theater regularly to see both national acts and up-and-comers in music and comedy.
The Uptown Theater is the perfect place to spend one of your nights in Napa Valley. The theater, within walking distance of the Napa Valley Hotel and Suites, includes 860 comfortable seats, with excellent site lines and sound. Really, there’s not a bad seat in the house! There are many packages to choose from to suit your needs:
● A Napa Night to Remember
● Tailgate Parties
● Get on the Bus! Party Package
● Date Night
● Individual Tickets
There is also the Courtyard Cafe where you can catch some food and drinks, as well as many other nearby restaurants to finish off your weekend. Some of the upcoming artists for September 2013 include Wanda Sykes, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Michael Grimm and Tainted Love.