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Youngstown's Uptown Theater up for auction

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A venue that was for decades an entertainment destination in Youngstown is going on the auction block.

In its first online auction, Burgan Auctions will be selling the building that once was home to the Uptown Theater in Market Street.

For decades, the Uptown Theater billed itself as, “Youngstown’s Luxury Theater,” playing host to plays, musicals, and movies.

The theater, located on Youngstown’s Southside at 2728 Market Street, was built in 1926 for $126,000 and, at one time, one of three theaters on the street, though it was the only one to survive the Great Depression.

The building underwent elaborate interior and exterior remodeling in 1965, including the addition of two apartments upstairs which have their own private entrances.

The theatre closed to movie-goers in the late 1980s and re-opened in the early '90s as home to Easy Street Productions.

“The Uptown Theater remains, to this day, one of a handful of neighborhood theaters still standing in the Mahoning Valley. Preserving it would be a major coup as far as historic preservation goes for Youngstown.” said Sean Posey, Youngstown historian and author of the book “Lost Youngstown”.

Also included in the sale is the adjacent property which was a former bar.

Those wishing to take part in the auction may visit BurganAuctions.com and register by creating a profile.

Bids can be placed from Saturday, December 1st at 9:00 am until December 12 that 6:00 pm.

The opening bid is set at $20,000 and will increase in $500 increments.

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