Historic Chicago theater could receive $10 million

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SPRINGFIELD - An appropriation measure passed by the Illinois legislature could give $10 million in state money to a historic theater on Chicago's North Side.

The bill, which had support from Chicago Democrat and Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, would designate the money to a renovation project for the Uptown Theatre.  A spokeswoman for Cullerton says that he thinks the theater could become the center of the city's Uptown neighborhood, and Chicago Alderman James Cappleman calls revitalizing the theater "critical."  

The theater was built in 1925, and could seat 4,300 people.  It was closed in 1981, but still used for special events until about three years ago.  The total cost to renovate the theater is estimated to be between $50 million and $70 million. 
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