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Regular Screening Prices:
Students/Teachers - $8
Seniors - $5
Children - $5
Matinees - $8
Fast Forward Best of Calgary Reader's Choice Awards - 11 in 10 years:
2001-2010: Best Alternative/Art House Cinema
2006 - Best Movie Theatre Popcorn
Who are we?
We are Calgary's most diverse Arts Centre consisting of the Uptown Screen (movie theatre), the Uptown Stage (movie theatre & live performance venue), Mezzanine Level Bar, main Lobby and the Marquee Room and visual art gallery. Located in the Barron Building, on 8th Avenue in downtown Calgary, the theatre was built in 1951 by Mr. Jacob Barron, a Calgary lawyer and owner of National Theatres, a chain of local movie houses.
It is the finest example of Art Deco architecture in the city. The theatre lobby has been likened to a Lapidus designed Miami Beach hotel lobby. The Uptown offers some unique features: the programming is the best in town; location and access is excellent, with the C-Train just paces away, and plenty of parking; and the ability to queue up indoors.
The Stage was constructed in March 1993 by removing seats from what was once the balcony of the main theatre and using these as seating for the new stage. This was Calgary's first large stage venue. was without a venue of this size for many years until the Stage was built. It was operated as a "road house" -- meaning it was rented out to various groups for performances and events.
Since the installation of projection equipment, this theatre functions primarily as a film house. There are 340 seats, with a very steep "rake" (slope) to the back. The acoustics are wonderful and the viewing, unobstructed.
Formerly the main floor of the original movie theatre, this space was turned into an individual cinema in the mid-seventies after the balcony was walled off to form the Stage as a seperate theatre. 125 seats of the original 600 were removed to build a projection room.
It is a lovely old theatre with many of the original touches still intact such as the great plaster torches with their stylized flames licking toward the ceiling, drawing the eye to the screen. The curtain is a magnificent brocade affair, which looks gold under the lights. The capacity is 460 and it is used almost exclusively for film. The format is, as it is in the Stage, is "First Run" with an "art/international" film bent.
The Uptown Stage and Screen proudly supports the Bow River Keepers by obtaining donations for them at our box office and concession, and by promoting their events and initiatives.
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The Uptown accepts Calgary Dollars at box office and concession. Learn more about Calgary Dollars HERE
The Uptown sponsors CJSW 90.9FM - Calgary's community campus radio station. Support Community Radio by becoming a Friend of CJSW, and reap the benefits! WWW.CJSW.COM
THE MARQUEE ROOM
This is Calgary's best kept secret music and party room. It hosts diverse and talented musical artists Thursday through Saturday nights and is available to rent for your next big event.
The Marquee Room also proudly organizes and curates monthly art exhibits, pertaining to relevant and local issues and to the ever-changing visual arts community in Calgary. Local artists are showcased in a variety of mediums, and an opening gala takes place in conjunction with Calgary's First Thursdays, every month.