The Uptown Theatre is getting a new life.

Uptown Theatre for Creative Arts, a not-for-profit based in Utica, has acquired the theatre on Genesee Street in South Utica.

UTCA will re-open the iconic theatre as a space for live performances and movie screenings, with a new emphasis on community involvement through collaborative classes.

"The Uptown is a beloved symbol of Utica's hardworking spirit," said Devin Mahoney, a founding member of the newly created arts group.  "And so it's obvious why this place means a lot to so many of us.  We just couldn't let it waste away."

Restoration work is expected to begin in the coming months.

A re-opening date has yet to be determined.

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