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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Uptown Theatre / Uptown Lofts (394 Academy Road, Winnipeg)

Designed by local architect Max Blankstein and built between 1930 and 1931 by contractor Walter Hanson Iverson for Jacob Miles, the 1,700-seat, two-storey theatre opened to the public on 24 December 1931. Its interior was dramatically renovated in 1960 when it was converted into a bowling alley. It operated as such until 2019 when it was redeveloped into mixed residential and commercial use. The building is a municipally-designated historic site.

Uptown Theatre

Uptown Theatre (April 2017)
Source: Christine Loff

Uptown Lofts

Uptown Lofts (July 2021)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.87362, W97.18276
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Jacob “Jack” Miles (1887-1951)

Memorable Manitobans: Max Zev Blankstein (1874-1931)

Memorable Manitobans: Walter Hanson Iverson (1884-1952)

Manitoba Business: Allied Amusements Limited

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites


“Stone, brick & concrete work of the Uptown Theatre,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 December 1931, page 17.

Uptown Bowling Alleys (Formerly Uptown Theatre), 394 Academy Road, Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, September 1985.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough, Christine Loff, and George Penner.

Page revised: 29 November 2022

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