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Historic Unveiling of the Hill Country’s Newest World-Class Recording Studio & Theatre

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Earlier this year, Texas-based musician and world traveler John David Kent leased out the old Uptown Theatre in Marble Falls, and he and his team of seasoned musicians, engineers, producers, and writers became the proud new owners of the building. His team envisioned a first-class entertainment venue in the heart of Texas, where folks from all walks of life can come to enjoy some live music across the genres. The added bonus? Uptown Sound Studio is also just that — a fully functional, world-class recording studio.

John David Kent was signed to Mercury records at age 16. Since, he has been making his way around the world as a musician, singer-songwriter, producer, and business man for over 20 years.  As owner of The Vaultrecording studio and president of Blackland Records and Artist Management, he has helped shape and launch the careers of many aspiring artists, all while releasing albums and touring internationally as a solo artist.

With a passion for “old” things (buildings, music, recording equipment, etc.), he is excited to bring his musical-family vision to the Texas Hill Country. “I want to create that Motown vibe; we write, we play, we dance, we sing, and we break bread, and we do all of it together.”

Uptown’s Rich History

Uptown Sound Studio Sign


The historic theatre was built in 1942 by a couple that had the vision of creating an acoustically sound venue that would bring music to the people of the Texas Hill Country. Successful in their venture, The Uptown Theatre served as an iconic musical experience for the community of Marble Falls for over 50 years. The theatre not only helped to mold the community culture, but in turn, gave the local singer/songwriter community a place to share their music.

The building transferred ownership in 2004 to another owner with a revolutionary vision. The new owners transformed the space into a full-circle entertainment venue, doubling the acoustically sound listening theatre as a unique movie theatre, showing independent, classic, and foreign films, as well as hosting other events.

Uptown Sound Today

Uptown Sound Studio

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