Return to the UC Theatre

Thursday night, I attended an open house at the UC Theatre, once my shrine to the art and joy of cinema. As I mentioned back in April, The Berkeley Music Group plans to reopen the UC next year as a music venue.

I was surprised by how much the theater hasn’t changed. It was in pretty bad condition, but the walls, the surround speakers, and the seats were as they always were.

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Excuse the image quality of the picture above. The camera in my phone doesn’t do well with low light conditions.

Unfortunately, we were only allowed in the lobby and in a small corner of the back of the auditorium. If I had been able to walk down the aisle to the third row center, where I had spent so much time, I might have cried.

On the other hand, from what I could see, the seats in the front center section have been removed.

Of course I’d rather the UC be re-opened as a repertory house–the Castro East, so to speak. But alas, that’s not where the money is. Hopefully, they’ll install good projectors and use it as a movie venue as well as a musical one.

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  1. Lincoln, thanks for your comments about the revival of the U.C. Theater. I know David Mayeri, have been to the U.C. Theater a few months ago and heard about his plans to bring it back as a venue for live performances. I’m really impressed with him and his plans and I think he has a very good chance of succeeding.

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