The Uptown Revival in Napa

George Altamura revives Napa’s Uptown Theatre: Aidin Vaziri | George Altamura, the 79-year-old real estate mogul who owns a big chunk of Wine Country, has no idea how much he spent renovating the Uptown Theatre in Napa. He doesn’t even want to know. “If I knew what it cost me, I probably wouldn’t do it,” he said on a recent rainy Tuesday afternoon at the venue. All he knows is, after years of doing things strictly for the money, he wanted to take this one on as a labor of love – something to give back to the city where he built his empire. “I used to come to the movies and sit right here,” he said, standing in the center of the lovingly restored downtown venue that reopened its doors in May after a decade in the dark. “You had to pay 15 cents extra to sit in these loge seats, but I never paid attention to the theater because I was always with a girl.” Read more.

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