Telegraph Repertory Cinema

2519 Telegraph Avenue,
Berkeley, CA 94704

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Telegraph Repertory cinema

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One of Berkeley’s notable venues of cimema during the late 60’s-early 70’s.

Originally located several doors south of the above-listed address, it moved to a former apartment building and remained there into the late 1980’s. (The older location operated for a short-lived time afterwards, first as Flickers! and later as the New Studio Guild.)

For a brief time before its closure it was known as the Cave.

Contributed by Garrett Murphy

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enrique53
enrique53 on November 10, 2007 at 11:19 pm

“Treasure Walked down the street?”

The only time we ever left the Booth was if one projectionists didnt show up for work and this left one who had to run 4 theatres seperated by 150 feet.

All 4 theaters had large reel systems whole movie on one reel.
It stil required 2 to run 4.

All theatres had real movie Screens never projected on a wall?

I spoke with George about a month before he died.. He was certainly almost 90 years old, having difficulty walking and had a cold.
But we sat and talked for hours his mind was as sharp as ever.

I feel quite fortunate to have known and worked for him. He was a quiet intelligent and good man.

He was also an architect and did much design of Highland Hospital acute care tower.

Again if you have questions about what went on at the theatre let me know.

enrique53
enrique53 on November 10, 2007 at 11:40 pm

Correction
George was 74 years old.


Tales of the cinema..

The Fire.

1.5 cans of Nitrate film and a cigarette ash.
3 months of cleaning and rebuilding the Projectors.
The Murder of oue of our cashiers.
Al was pissed we drove around berkeley and Oakland armed looking for the perps.
Three bandits shot and killed our 19 year old cashier for $154.00

Ironic, the Godfather had just opened down the street and they had $20k in the boxoffice.

2001 a spaced out odditiy. A copy of 2001 recut and dubbed with 60’s rock and roll sound track. Best enjoyed on Orange sunshine or Clear light.

Parties after work that if you can remember you werent there.

Meg back from Vietnam with bags of the latest imported Herbs.

It was a great time.

Enrique

founders6950
founders6950 on December 3, 2007 at 7:42 am

I knew Alan Blanchard during the months just before, and following, the People’s Park incident known as “Bloddy Thursday.” Alan was working as a carpenter on the Telegraph Repertory Theater, and he went up to the roof to see what was going on after he heard all the commotion on the street. An Alameda County Sherrif opened fire, blinding Alan and killing James Rector with shotgun blast. Does anyone know where Alan is now?

enrique53
enrique53 on January 3, 2008 at 7:09 pm

I began working there a few months after alan was shot.
I believe Bloody Thursday was in May 69? I started at the theatre in October 1969.

Try Googling Alan’s name I think he is still around.

enrique53
enrique53 on June 18, 2011 at 10:57 am

Frank P Nimz was the technical wiz who made it work. Silicon valley before it was invented. He built the Projection systems . Had a company called ARC Labs He was a good friend who I would love to hear more about we lost touch in the mid 80’s Designed a system to beat roulette on a programmable calculator. I think He Died in 1999 Camels and Pepsi and Excedrin will take a toll.

He had a Bendix analog computer in his House in Pleasant hill 1300 vacuum tubes and a Mag Drum.

gsmurph
gsmurph on November 22, 2011 at 5:16 pm

It should be noted that the photo above is of the original Telegraph Repertory Cinema (which later became Flickers/Studio Guild), the address shown above is that of the later location, just north of the original.

enrique53
enrique53 on December 12, 2011 at 9:54 am

gsmurph. Yes this was the original Telegraph rep. Cinema 1 and 2 The address up the street was also the Telegraph Repertory cinema, Cinema 3 and 4 .. I helped build it … I ran the projectors … 16mm only up the center stairs cinema 3 left 4 right. I only know what happened up to about 1974

slagheap
slagheap on June 6, 2013 at 11:43 am

one night early seventies we saw Romero’s original “ Night of the Living Dead ” at the Telegraph Rep. must have been at the original location, because i actually remembered it as being above and behind shakespeare books, nw corner of dwight & telly! definitely not at the address in the photograph. i saw a lot of films in brkly and sf this era.

enrique53
enrique53 on February 2, 2014 at 10:34 am

slagheap one night early seventies we saw Romero’s original “ Night of the Living Dead ” at the Telegraph Rep. REPLY I was the projectionist for that showing, (if it was the first time we ran it) It was in cinema 1 , it was shown on single reel 16mm It was a scary film even after seeing it for a week 3 times a day. The Theatre on the left in the photo above

tomuns
tomuns on March 6, 2014 at 2:37 pm

This was my family’s favorite late Saturday night stop. They had midnight movies, often classics. Each night there would be several hundred fliers out front. Everyone took a handful. The audience really participated, booing or shouting. I recall seeing North by Northwest. When Cary Grant grabs Eva Marie Saint, the screen was inundated with wadded up fliers and calls of male sexist pig. This was in the late 60’s or early 70’s, when afros were the rage. One couple came in late, the guy had the biggest afro I’d even seen. The theater became quiet except for the sounds of paper being folded. Very soon the air was full of paper airplanes targeting his afro. He soon left. Thanks for the memories. It’s a shame it closed

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