United Artists Berkeley 7

2274 Shattuck Avenue,
Berkeley, CA 94704

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Previously operated by: Fox West Coast Theatres

Architects: Clifford A. Balch, Percy A. Eisen, Casto Fernandez Shaw, A. R. Walker

Firms: Walker & Eisen

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: United Artists Theatre, UA Twin Cinemas, UA Four Cinemas

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United Artists Theatre exterior

The United Artists Theatre was opened September 16, 1932 with Will Rogers in “Down to Earth”. It was operated by Fox West Coast Theatres. Interior decorations and murals were by interior decorator Anthony Heinsbergen & Company. It was twinned on December 19, 1973. On June 25, 1975 it became a quad. In 1983 another screen was added and on July 19, 1985 it became a 7-screen theatre.

In August 2022 the United Artists Berkeley 7 was sold for $7 million to a developer who has plans for a 13-story residential tower on the site which will contain 239 residential units. It is proposed to retain the façade and entry lobby of the theatre. It was closed on March 1, 2023.

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Recent comments (view all 42 comments)

davidcoppock on October 25, 2020 at 6:59 am

Opened as a twin on 19/12/1973 on screen 1 with “Papillion” and screen 2 with “American graffitti”.

davidcoppock on October 25, 2020 at 7:09 am

Opened on 25/6/1975 on screen 1 with “Eiger sanction” and “Day of the jackal” and on screen 2 with “Shampoo” and “Take the money & run” and on screen 3 with a Arthur Conon Doyle interview, “Hound of the Baskervilles” and “Sherlock Junior” and on screen 4 with “Benji”.

davidcoppock on October 25, 2020 at 7:14 am

Opened on 7 screens with on different screens with “Mad Max 3 beyond Thunderdome”, “Cocoon”, “The legend of Billie Jean”, “Rambo”, “Prizzi’s honor”, “Silverado”, and “The man with one red shoe”.

stevenj on January 26, 2023 at 11:51 am

From SFGate - Jan 22, 2023:

“90-year-old Regal UA Berkeley theater to close after bankruptcy filing”

“The closure of the last movie theater in downtown Berkeley has been confirmed, leaving just one cinema left within city limits after the recent losses of the 10-screen Shattuck Cinemas and the 107-year-old California Theatre, which is reportedly slated to become a 15-story mixed-use apartment building.”

Regal’s website shows no bookings past March 2.


jwmovies on February 4, 2023 at 12:28 am

In addition to this location closing, ALL remaining UA locations will also close between now and March 31st.

Olymppus Pointe Roseville

Laguna Village Sacramento

Anaheim Hills Festival Anaheim

Grand Palace Calabasas

Westpark Irvine

Santa Maria Town Center Sabta Maria

Metro Pointe Costa Mesa

Civic Center Escondido

Parkway Plaza El Cajon


Sonora Plaza Sonora


Metro Indio

I’m sure there are more…

The wriging was on tbe wall when Cineworld filed BK twice. Not good!😳🥺

jwmovies on February 4, 2023 at 12:31 am

That leaves Elmwood, Piedmont, Grand Lake, Alameda, Albany and Jack London to serve almost A MILLION PEOPLE! YIKES! Talk about underscreened! 😭😭😭

gsmurph on May 22, 2023 at 12:27 am

Let’s not forget AMC Bay Street, New Parkway, and PFA. But jwmovies definitely has a point.

gsmurph on May 22, 2023 at 12:31 am

There’s a group called SAVE OUR UNITED ARTISTS THEATRE on Facebook. They are lobbying to save the UA from demolition and restore it to its original configuration.

m00se1111 on May 22, 2023 at 7:20 am

it’s ‘Save our historic United Artists theatre’


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