According to a Berkeleyside article by Frances Dinkelspiel, the UC Theatre is coming back to life. That’s the good news. The bad new–admittedly from my personal perspective–is that it’s not going to show movies.
For 25 years, the UC Theatre was my favorite temple to the cinematic arts. I saw hundreds of films there, from the great masterpieces to the most ludicrous junk. There were years where I visited the UC three or four times a week. See The UC Theatre: A Memory for details.
The UC closed in 2001. This summer, the Berkeley Music Group will start renovating it. They have a website and everything, and plan to turn it into a music venue. David Mayeri, the man behind the project, is describing his vision as a Berkeley version of the Fillmore.
That all sounds well and good. I love live music–I’m even married to a musician. But I would have rather seen it turned into the Berkeley version of the Castro.
Well, maybe they’ll show an occasional movie. After all, that’s what the building was designed for.