United Artists Berkeley 7

2274 Shattuck Avenue,
Berkeley, CA 94704

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mlind on December 9, 2004 at 10:34 pm

Partial picture of the vertical sign from sometime in the 1950’s

gsmurph on November 30, 2004 at 9:21 pm

UA Berkeley’s style was originally Art Deco; there are still a few elements remaining, despite the million alterations and plexings.

mlind on November 11, 2004 at 12:15 am

Would Gary Parks email me about Berkeley CA theaters?

jethrobiz on December 21, 2003 at 6:59 pm

Don’t go there if you value your life.
The management of this theater is dangerously irresponsible for the sake of a few dollars. Youth and migrant workers had taken to propping the fire exit doors to avoid payment, so the exits are now chained shut. Don’t believe it? Go see for yourself outdoors on the building’s southside from Bancroft Way.

bruceanthony on November 15, 2003 at 8:34 pm

I loved this theatre when it was a single screen. I attended a movie once since the muti-plex conversion and have not returned. This is an example of how not to plex an historic theare.But then United Artists chain has one of the worst reputations of maintaining theatres. Regal has since purchased United Artists.It would be nice if the main floor of this theare was restored. brucec

frenchjr25 on November 15, 2003 at 8:01 pm

The wonderful marguee and vertical sign are long gone. I saw “Home Alone 2” here opening night back in 1992, and was highly disapointed with the condition of the auditorium I was in. I just hope they have fixed it up since then. It would be wonderful, seeing that there is a multiplex down the street, to see this theatre restored as well as others in the area.

Donald John Long
Donald John Long on November 22, 2002 at 6:54 am

Having gone to this theater a few times, I must assent to Gary Parks' rave about the lobby. I saw “Field of Dreams” here in 1989 and “Thelma And Louise” in 1990. I like the bold Deco fluted design above the retrofitted marquee, seen in the picture above, which hints at its original elegance.

Bill H
Bill H on August 13, 2002 at 2:35 am

The architects for this theater were Walker & Eisen, along with C.A. Balch.

GaryParks on April 27, 2002 at 9:52 pm

It should also be stated that even though the auditorium is 6-plexed, and a seventh screen is made out of a lounge area, the lofty lobby alone, with its murals, mezzanine railings, and chandeliers, is a must-see. Some lobby furniture, paintings, and a few wall sconces now have a home at the Oakland Paramount.

GaryParks on April 27, 2002 at 9:45 pm

Like so many of its UA brethren in the Southern California region, but unlike any others in the Bay Area, this house features the “Unity” and “Artistry” facade panels, but in this case reversed, so as to read, “Artistry” and “Unity.”

When the theatre opened in 1932, it had an organ, a fine Wurlitzer originally installed in the T&D Theatre in Oakland. The organ still exists in private hands, having been removed around the time the house was ‘plexed.