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United Artists Berkeley 7

2274 Shattuck Avenue,
Berkeley, CA 94704

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United Artists Theatre exterior

The United Artists Theatre was opened September 16, 1932 with Will Rogers in “Down to Earth”. It was operated by Fox West Coast Theatres. It was twinned on December 19, 1973. On June 25, 1975 it became a quad. In 1983 another screen was added and on July 19, 1985 it became a 7-screen theatre.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

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reccaphoenix
reccaphoenix on November 12, 2007 at 8:02 pm

I think this theater is in need of major restoration, but it is still beautiful compared to most megaplexes and bland national-chain theaters. They regularly show old movies here at reduced price, and the theater rooms are a nice size. It’s not as beautiful as the Shattuck or the California, but it’s an authentic classic theater.

bruceanthony
bruceanthony on October 9, 2008 at 10:22 am

I used to attend the UA in my youth. I only attended the theatre once after it was butchered. The UA is a prime example of how not to multiplex and historic theatre. I consider the UA one of the worst plexing of an existing theatre in the Bay Area. brucec

billspain
billspain on March 4, 2009 at 9:20 pm

I’ll never forget the United Artists theatre in Berkeley. The year was 1953, I was 7, and the movie was “War of the Worlds”. That started my fascination with sci-fi films.

Eric
Eric on January 18, 2010 at 9:35 pm

That is a great article. Thanks for posting.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 23, 2010 at 10:45 am

Great vintage photo ken mc.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 4, 2018 at 8:00 am

This opened on September 16th, 1932. Grand opening ad from the 15th in the photo section for this cinema.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 12, 2018 at 1:59 pm

and became a twin cinema on December 19th, 1973. Ad posted.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 13, 2018 at 7:12 am

and four screens on June 25th, 1975. Another ad posted.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 16, 2018 at 3:34 pm

5 screens in 1983 and 7 screens on July 19th, 1985. Grand opening ads in the photo section.

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