Opened in 1916, Uptown Theater is one of the oldest surviving theaters in the Twin Cities. Running mostly international and art films, the theater provides a setting for cultivating global citizenship and broadening social and critical discourses. Stuart Hall, Jamaican-born sociologist, cultural theorist and political activist wrote about the cinema: “Identity is constituted not outside but within representation; and hence, cinema is not a second-order mirror held up to reflect what already exists, but is a form of representation which is able to constitute us as new kinds of subjects, and thereby enable us to discover places from which to speak” (1990, p.236-237). Along with reevaluating depictions of race and stereotype in mainstream American cinema, we can ask: How does the designed environment “speak” of economic inequality and lack of opportunity?