California Theatre

2113 Kittredge Street,
Berkeley, CA 94704

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William on April 29, 2004 at 12:07 pm

The California Theatre originally seated around 1000 people when it was a single screen theatre.

gsmurph on April 29, 2004 at 6:47 am

The California was built in 1914 and was originally called the T&D Theater (not to be confused with Oakland’s T&D) prior to its 1930’s renovation into its present-day exterior and name.

Dejael on November 12, 2002 at 11:36 pm

I had a date with a lovely lady here in this palatial Art Deco picture palace in the summer of 1989 to see a Woody Allen flick.

We enjoyed it completely, and had a nice tour of the building before the movie began.

GaryParks on August 17, 2002 at 1:32 pm

About a week ago, my wife and I stopped by the newly reopened Cal, and had a nice chat in the lobby with the manager (who, we were interested to learn, was—like us—recently married in a vintage theatre, but I digress). The lobby has lushly patterned new carpet, everything is repainted, including the Skouras-era ceiling embellishments in gold, and the concession counter has been nicely refurbished. An aesthetic bonus is the golden ceiling rosette which was revealed to be hidden above a dropped ceiling when the concession area was extended and renovated. It dates from an earlier decorative scheme, and originally formed part of the balcony soffit. A nice contemporary alabaster-like hanging fixture has been suspended from this feature for a nice look.

The only negative thing about the recent seismic work that I can see is the removal of the old brick stage fly tower, which now negates the future use of the house for stage shows someday. As the theatre never had much in the way of lobby space, perhaps this would never have been an issue anyway.

scottfavareille on July 5, 2002 at 1:25 pm

The California just reopened on June 28th. Current attractions: “MIB2” (downstairs & 1 upstairs), “Cinema Paradiso” (1 upstairs). Landmark still runs the place.

GaryParks on April 20, 2002 at 11:39 pm

As of Spring 2002, the California is well into a massive seismic retrofit. Steel columns have been added to the exterior sidewalls. Where it has been necessary to remove portions of the brick walls, great care has been taken to replace them in like manner.