Berkeley, CA - Berkeley’s UC Theatre reborn as a music venue

posted by ThrHistoricalSociety on June 8, 2016 at 6:09 am


From the Mercury News: It had been decades since I’d last visited Berkeley’s UC Theatre, the groovy repertoire cinema where I enjoyed an epic double feature of the rock documentaries “Stop Making Sense” and “The Last Waltz.”

Last week, I returned to the building — which closed in 2001 but recently reopened as a 1,400-capacity music venue. And after catching a set from The Rides — the blues-rock supergroup featuring Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and keyboard great Barry Goldberg — I’m happy to report that the officially dubbed UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall is a pretty cool place to see live music.

The 99-year-old theater has undergone a thorough restoration and looks downright gorgeous. Plus, it boasts an impressive Meyer Sound system and good sightlines, thanks to a three-tiered floor layout.

Local music fans should definitely make plans to check out this venue, which is run by the nonprofit Berkeley Music Group.

See the full story and photo gallery at:

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