The following statement just went out to the Speakeasy Theaters mailing list:
As many of you know, Speakeasy Theaters has been experiencing extreme financial difficulty since opening the Cerrito Theater. We learned much from the closing of the Parkway. Of most importance, we learned that our patrons would have preferred more warning of its impending closure. The El Cerrito City Council is meeting on Monday, May 18th to discuss the fate of the Cerrito Theater. Speakeasy Theaters has already agreed to leave as operators and we have offered to locate and train a new operator.
If any of this is of interest to you, I suggest that you attend the meeting.
Due to our present financial difficulties, the theater will no longer be opened Mondays and Tuesdays. Sorry for any inconvenience to you.
Thank you for your support.
Kyle and Catherine
Kyle and Catherine Fischer gave a lot to the East Bay movie scene with their theaters, and I’m sorry to see them go. I wish them luck in any future endeavors.
Will the Cerrito continue under new management? I don’t know.
The Speakeasy programmer, Will Viharo, put out his own announcement, expressing hope that he may have a hand in the theater’s future. An unnamed party he’s in touch with is making a run for both the Parkway and the Cerrito.
Let’s hope something comes of this.