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For those of you who aren’t familiar with the City of Berkeley’s delicate and complex zoning regulations, don’t worry your pretty heads over it any longer; let’s celebrate! This time, a wee bit of rezoning has scored us a potentially awesome new concert hall. The cool cats who operate those landmark SF venues, The Great American Music Hall and Slim’s, hope to revamp the University of California Theater Building on University Avenue, just two blocks from campus. We approve.

The UC theater has been closed for about eight years. A former dinner theater and jazz club, former-former straight-up movie theater, it will be rezoned to increase its capacity from 555 to 1,440 people. This means yanking out theater-style seating and putting in terraces. The target opening is set for fall 2010, at 2030-2036 University Avenue. We’ll see you there.

Image Source: magstb67 under Creative Commons.
Berkeley concert hall gets go-ahead [SF Business Times]
New concert venue proposed for downtown Berkeley [Mercury News]

Joel Benjamine said:
Aug 25, 2009 at 7:33 pm

It is about time.. the auditorium is HUGE- Rocky Horror used to draw more than 1000 people on Saturdays at midnight. Glad to see there are finally some plans to get it back up and in use.