Berkeley Theatre

2425 Shattuck Avenue,
Berkeley, CA 94704

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ErinHaggerty on January 20, 2014 at 5:59 pm

I know who the managers were in the early 80’s.

mlind on January 21, 2013 at 10:01 am

This was the first theater in Berkeley to have a balcony.

Champlin on December 26, 2008 at 12:39 pm

Anyone know who the theater manager was in 1974/75? This theater used to advertise jointly with the Century 24 at Pleasant Hill. Is the Century 24 listed on I can’t find it. Does anyone remember the Century 24? Thanks everyone.

smithdell on June 13, 2008 at 5:48 pm

would they consider saling the lot
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gsmurph on March 4, 2006 at 8:38 am

The Berkeley originally seated 1200 people prior to S. Charles Lee’s renovation, which brought down its saeting capacity to 779 as listed above.

gsmurph on November 1, 2005 at 7:05 am

The UC, Gerald, was a much-loved (some would even say legendary) repertory house that opened June 30, 1917 and closed in 2001. It’s listed elsewhere in Cinema Treasures (which is a nice way of clarifying that the UC and the Berkeley were definitely not one and the same; the only things the two had in common were that they were in Downtown Berkeley [albeit on opposite ends], both were built in the same decade [the Berkeley being, despite its appearance, six years the elder], and most regrettably, both are now closed and, at least in the Berkeley’s case, gone forever.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 26, 2005 at 2:51 am

I visited a theatre in Berkeley in 1978 called the “U.C. Theatre.” What was that?

GaryParks on November 26, 2004 at 5:40 pm

When the Berkeley was demolished, S. Charles Lee’s Moderne facade was carefully removed first, revealing the original two-toned brick facade almost totally intact underneath. The large entrance arch still had ornamental lightbulb sockets outlining it—some of which still housed bulbs. Members of one of the local historical organizations photodocumented the original facade before it too was removed. As the theatre came down, I could see the fluted interior pilasters from S. Charles Lee’s remodel were still intact, but had been painted in vertical stripes of turquoise and maroon, with the bays between them painted off-white. It appeared as if the sidewalls had been covered over with fabric in the 1970s remodel, which had extended from the screen all the way to the rearmost fluted pilaster, which had not been covered, but had been painted dark brown (remember the “natural” earthtoned 70s, when even Moderne buildings were swathed in muddy color schemes in an attempt to make them appear more “of the earth”?).
After demolition, one could see the outline of the balcony on the common wall the theatre shared with the old hotel (or apartment building—still extant). Also, there was a surface of an upstairs office or storeroom wall, which had shreds of very old (‘Teens?) movie posters glued to it!
The terrazzo sidewalk which stretched partway out to the curb survived for a short time, but then vanished when the new building went up at the site.

William on February 11, 2004 at 10:46 am

The Berkeley Theatre seated 779 people.

scottfavareille on February 11, 2004 at 10:30 am

I believe Blumenfeld did operate this theater in the 1970’s.

gsmurph on February 11, 2004 at 6:33 am

The Berkeley Theatre’s address was 2425 Shattuck Avenue. It was built in 1911 and closed in the late 1920’s; originally a theater with an “arched” front, it was extensively remodeled (and a vertical sign saying “Berkeley” added) and reopened in 1936; S. Charles Lee was the architect. A late ‘70’s renovation (the last before its closure) saw the removal of the vertical sign, and the “Berkeley” name added atop the marquee.