Fine Arts Cinema

2451 Shattuck Avenue,
Berkeley, CA 94704

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enrique53 on December 12, 2011 at 11:49 am

Francesca where are you,. I had such a crush on you. Alas I was just a kid. And you were the candy girl.

enrique53 on September 6, 2007 at 3:08 pm

I was one of the projectionists there from 1969- 1973
Helped rebuild the projectors after the fire.

Pauline Kael had a film library there and during the maintenance of some of th enitrate prints the fire started.

Only 1.25 reels of film burned.

the booth was destroyed.

600 reels were undamaged in the fireproof storage area.

claudecat on February 4, 2007 at 9:39 pm

After they demolished the building, someone spray-painted “Cinema is Dead” on a remaining wall amidst the rubble.

gsmurph on January 8, 2005 at 11:16 am

Oops—-forgot about Bombay Cinema too.

gsmurph on January 4, 2005 at 2:50 pm

The Fine Arts was originally The Cinema; later it was known as Mitchell Brothers Cinema, Berkeley Adult Cinema, and Horizon Cinema.

gsmurph on December 9, 2004 at 4:03 am

Don’t know for sure about the theater part, but me, I just can’t help feeling that this is Kennedy’s way of rubbing it in.

GaryParks on November 27, 2004 at 1:53 pm

Surprisingly enough, though it seems the new building will not have a theatre inside, the builders have gone ahead and installed a beautiful and neon-bedecked marquee, reading FINE ARTS, which would have served the theatre, but will now herald the name and entrance of the building. It’s a shame that the theatre part of the development fell through. The building is, I think, a handsome piece of Moderne Revival, and I’m sure out-of-towners in the future will assume the building houses a theatre.

…or am I missing something? Is a theatre going in there after all?

gsmurph on July 15, 2004 at 4:35 am

Forgot to mention (though it’s probably way too obvious by now), that the Fine Arts (Cinema) has been demolished (as in Closed/Demolished).

gsmurph on July 14, 2004 at 4:52 am

Unfortunately, the Fine Arts is no more. Operator Keith Arnold was unable to come up with the funding ($800,000 to $1.2 million) required by developer Patrick Kennedy to outfit the space that was to be taken by the cinema. Frankly, I for one was afraid this might happen—-that was how Berkeley lost Gaia Bookstore, and the Shotgun Players had also gotten royally screwed. If only Arnold and Scherer had had the foresight to continue the Fine Arts screenings at temporary sites during the interim—-we might still have a Fine Arts Cinema (as opposed to a Fine Arts BUILDING) even if they’d had to give up on that particular site anyway (the Shotgun Players did more or less bounce back after their own raw deal with Kennedy).