UC Theater eyed for concert use

posted by CSWalczak on August 18, 2009 at 10:44 am

BERKELEY, CA — Closed since 2001, the UC Theater may become a live entertainment site.

B.B. King is coming to town—or might soon if Berkeley’s Zoning Adjustments Board approves a new concert venue at the abandoned historic UC Theater on 2036 University Ave.

The proposed project would restore the dilapidated 21,000-square-foot UC Theater—designed in 1917 by noted local architect James Plachek—into an elegant three-tiered seating facility capable of holding 1,440 guests.

The city’s oldest surviving single-screen movie theater and a Berkeley landmark, the 1,350-seat UC theater is part of a 31,200-square-foot mixed-use building, which also includes five retail storefronts and 20 residential units on the second floor.

Read the full story in the Berkeley Daily Planet.

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gsmurph on August 20, 2009 at 3:50 pm

Good news—-the Zoning Adjustments Board unanimously approved the use permit. Check the “sequel” of sorts at View link

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