2036 University Avenue,
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UC Theatre (Official)
Architects: James W. Plachek
News About This Theater
- Apr 24, 2014 — Berkeley’s long-shuttered UC Theatre to get new life
- Oct 2, 2009 — Concert venue plans for former UC Theater on track
- Aug 18, 2009 — UC Theater eyed for concert use
- Sep 12, 2005 — UC Theatre to Become JazzClub? Hurdles Mount
The UC Theatre was opened in 1917. The 1,300-seat UC Theatre closed in March 2001 after 84 years in business when the downtown art house was no longer able to survive on poor ticket sales.
An upcoming seismic retrofitting had been deemed too expensive by Landmark Theatres and its parent company, Silver Cinemas, which recently filed for bankruptcy. Already in debt and littered with unpaid bills, the UC Theatre could not afford the $300,000 retrofitting cost.
The only hope now is with the city of Berkeley itself, where the mayor is still looking into a plan to keep the theatre in business and, possibly, even renovate the structure.
Many local residents hope that Gary Meyer, who co-founded Landmark Theatres and ran the UC Theatre in the late-1970’s, will save the theatre and reopen it a feat he accomplished with the Balboa Theatre in nearby San Francisco.
In March 2015, work began on a renovation/restoration project to convert the theatre into a live music venue which opened May 2016.
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