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BERKELEY — The curtain is set to near at the closing commercially operated film theater in Berkeley.

The Regal UA theater is anticipated to be a part of Regal Cinemas’ national downsizing plan.

The theater on Shattuck Ave. has persevered for 100 years and is a well-known position for locals to absorb a film. Many say shuttering this venue could be like shedding part of Berkeley.

“Did not in point of fact wonder me to inform you the reality for the reason that California is closed, the Shattuck is closed. This was once the closing one. It was once a question of time,” mentioned James Fredrickson, who lives within the East Bay.

Fredrickson has been a widespread customer of the malls, eating places and theaters in downtown Berkeley for the previous 45 years.

“Berkeley is not the Berkeley that it was once. I don’t believe it’ll get attention-grabbing however much more dull,” he added.

Regal UA Theater in Berkeley

In line with Trade Insider, this Regal location is slated to be one among 39 theaters national that may shut subsequent month. Regal’s guardian corporate Cineworld Crew filed for chapter closing 12 months.

As longtime fixtures of the Berkeley group disappear Religion Darling and Julie Bergen joined a rising refrain of unhappiness. 

“It is not the similar gazing motion pictures at house despite the fact that you’ve a large display screen. When it is a comedy you do not giggle out loud. When you need to cry, you do not want to cry on your own,” they noticed.

Theaters had been hit arduous all over the pandemic and had been a number of the closing to reopen.

Many was hoping this theater that opened in 1932 may just live to tell the tale however it is any other signal that the Berkeley they as soon as knew has modified. 

“I roughly assume Berkeley is more or less going in the course of the transformation of an eccentric kind of funky position that it was once to this upscale kind of valley of doom with a lot of these sludge-gray — with a lot of these multi-story rental structures going up,” Fredrickson groused.

There was once an offer to show the theater construction right into a 17-story, mixed-use rental construction.

The one factor that is anticipated to stay is the Regal façade.

Cineworld has now not answered to a KPIX request for remark.


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