Uptown Entertainment and Development Corporation (UEDC)
The Uptown Entertainment & Development Corp. (UEDC) is a community development corporation, incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1995, received its 501c3 tax-exempt status in 2002, and registered with Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations since 2004. UEDC has identified the historic Uptown Theater, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as its first acquisition and revitalization project. Development plans include renovating the theater as an entertainment venue, creating a museum dedicated to preserving Black music, developing a technology center, and providing commercial leasing space in the proposed Entertainment and Education Tower. Other UEDC projects / programs include:
- A newly-acquired LPFM Radio Station: Uptown Radio, WJYN 98.5 FM.
- A Job Bank for construction workers.
- Uptown Youth Got Talent (UYGT) for job readiness, audio/video production and performing arts.
- Commercial Corridor Cleaning & Beautification.
- African American Preservation Heritage Trail / Historic Trail Project.
UEDC also serves as a Registered Community Organization (RCO) for North Central Philadelphia (aka The Uptown Cultural District, Avenue of the Arts North, Harlem Quarter North) in conjunction with the City Planning Commission's Citizen Planning Institute.
Note: The above descriptive information came from the organization's home page.
- External Reference: Uptown Theatre (article at Cinema Treasures)
- Facebook: UptownRadioPhilly
- Facebook: uptowntheaterphilly
- Search Results: Joy Ride! The Stars and Stories of Philly’s Famous Uptown Theater (book) (at Google)
- Kimberly C. Roberts, Author of Joy Ride! The Stars and Stories of Philly's Famous Uptown Theater (YouTube, 9m45s)
- Precious Places: Building a Future for the Uptown (by Scribe Video Center, at YouTube, 10m23s)
- The Uptown Theater "Shows" (interviews) (YouTube, 7m48s)
- Wikipedia: Uptown Theater (Philadelphia)
In The News
- A Life Of Community Service For Theaters In North Philly, Hidden City Philadelphia, February 6, 2019.
- 'Joy Ride' tells story of historic Uptown Theater, Philadelphia Tribune, May 23, 2013.