Shattuck Cinemas

2230 Shattuck Avenue,
Berkeley, CA 94704

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Shattuck Cinemas

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Built from the shell of the legendary Hink’s Department Store, the Shattuck Cinemas was the brainchild of Allan Michaan of the Renaissance Rialto theater chain. However, by the time of the Shattuck’s opening in 1988, ownership was in the hands of Cinerama, and soon after in Pacific Theaters (currently the operating chain is Landmark Theatres).

Still, the Shattuck’s appearance is true to Michaan’s original vision. The entranceway and lobby’s classical pillars and ceiling are remnants from the Hink’s store (though painted and touched up); the eight original theaters, of varying sizes, are Egyptian and Moorish styled and have opening and closing curtains; in effect (like the small Grand Lake theater additions) they are smaller-scale versions of the old picture palaces of yesteryear (two of them even have balconies).

Originally an eight-plex, the Shattuck added two more cinemas in an expansion about 2,000 (which, at least initially, are, in this writer’s opinion, nothing like even the blandest of the original eight).

Since the closing of the UC Theatre in 2001, the Shattuck Cinemas has devoted a portion of its programming to UC-like repertory programming (showing offbeat films in limited release).

Contributed by Garrett Murphy

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 21, 2004 at 3:13 pm

The opening date of the Shattuck Cinemas was 25th May 1988.

Ian
Ian on March 17, 2007 at 12:48 pm

Another exterior photo here:–

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reccaphoenix
reccaphoenix on November 12, 2007 at 7:58 pm

I love this theater. Even the smaller theaters (normally show artsy pictures) have curtains and stars on the ceiling. The large Egyptian theater is incredible, and the lobby architecture is very very nice. It may not be antique, but it’s clean and beautiful. Even the bathrooms are nice – they have old movie posters as decorations. There is a large variety of food and drinks too.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 4, 2008 at 11:47 am

The theater can be seen in this mini-documentary by Gary Graver, at approximately 4:30 minutes:
http://tinyurl.com/67k2zd

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 6, 2009 at 5:11 pm

Here is a March 2009 article about some renovations at the Shattuck:
http://tinyurl.com/74n29l

darquil
darquil on May 8, 2010 at 1:26 am

According to the box office attendant, the the auditoriums have the following seating capacities:
1 – 145
2 – 145
3 – 116
4 – 119
5 – 54
6 – 54
7 – 61
8 – 61
9 – 40
10 – 60
Total capacity: 855

Mikeyisirish
Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 12:29 pm

A 2012 photo can be seen here.

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on March 20, 2013 at 10:45 pm

I visited this theater the other day and was quite impressed. I was in Cinema 1, which I thought might have been an old single-screen theatre until I read otherwise on this site. Then I saw another movie, in Cinema 6. It was so nice to see the gold curtains with red footlights, rare for a multiplex today.

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