Napa Earthquake

The Uptown Theatre, damaged by the 6.0 August 24 earthquake, displays the new slogan adopted by many locals, "Napa Strong", on its marquee. Shows have been suspended until ceiling repairs are made. It may reopen in November.

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Napa’s Uptown Theatre, damaged in the Aug. 24 earthquake, will remain closed until at least November, according to the owners of the theater.

Painstakingly restored four years ago by George Altamura, the theater was initially red-tagged by the city. Later, a structural engineer determined that the building is structurally sound, the theater reported on its Facebook page.

A large portion of the decoratively painted ceiling collapsed, leaving broken pieces of the artwork on the stage and floor.

Upon seeing the damage for the first time, “I almost cried,” Altamura said Wednesday. “I won’t tell you the word I said.”

“We will do whatever we have to do” to repair and reopen the space, he said.

Altamura said he was especially grateful that no one was hurt. “Four hours before, the theater was filled with people.”

The businessman said he didn’t know the cost to make the repairs. “I don’t care about money. I don’t care what I takes me. It will be done and gorgeous as ever.”

Scheduled shows will either be rescheduled or cancelled. “We are currently in discussions with the artists and their management, and will let ticket holders know as soon as we do the outcomes of these conversations,” according to the theater.

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Performers scheduled to appear in September and October included Dana Carvey, Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam, Dark Star Orchestra, Katchafire and Lee Ann Womack.

The repair includes scaffolding the interior of the theater and plastering the ceiling and then bringing in artists from Montana, the Dakotas and Los Angeles to replicate the mural across the theater, said the statement.

“We anticipate that it will take us until the early part of November to bring our venue back to its original condition,” the theater said.

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Jennifer Huffman is the business editor and a general assignment reporter for the Napa Valley Register. I cover a wide variety of topics for the newspaper. I've been with the Register since 2005.

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