As of Friday, November 4, The Uptown Stage and Screen and The Marquee Room have announced that they will be ceasing all operations beginning on Sunday, November 6.
According to a press release, the company plans to "suspend all public and corporate programming and events pending resolution of a dispute with its landlord regarding the provision of reliable heat and maintenance."
The historic cinema was built in 1951 and existed as the Uptown Theatre until 1988, when it closed its doors. The current owners purchased the building in 1992, which saw the return of the theatre and the eventual opening of The Marquee Room.
The Uptown has allegedly been involved in a dispute with the landlord regarding heat and other building services since October of 2009, resulting in inadequate heating for the comfort of patrons, according to the release.
As a result of the disagreement, The Uptown will not be programming any events "until such time as the dispute with the landlord is resolved and services can be restored... The Uptown has taken, and will continue to take, appropriate legal action against its landlord with the goal of resuming regular programming, and thus continuing with a Calgary arts institution."
Fast Forward Weekly has not contacted the landlord for comment at this point. The allegations in the press release are not confirmed at this time.
With this in mind, tonight's screening of Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and subsequent Teledrome performance at The Marquee Room might be your last chance to enjoy this venue for a while, so keep that in mind when making your Friday-evening plans.