UC Theatre Refurb Underway

BERKELEY, CA (CelebrityAccess) — Renovation are underway at the UC Theatre, which is being rehabilitated by a non-profit group with plans to turn it into a live music venue.

Set to re-open in the fall of 2015, the theatre will accommodate approximately 1,200 people, including three tiers of tables for dining, and a dance floor.

Formerly a movie house built in 1917, the venue was closed in 2001 when Landmark Theaters, the venue's operators the time, were unable to afford required retrofitting of seismic protection for the building.

"I just saw this building and fell in love with it," David Mayeri, former chief operating officer at Bill Graham Presents and now co-owner of the UC told the San Francisco Chronicle. "It has great sight lines, great bones. It could fill the niche the Fillmore fills in San Francisco."

Matthew Smith talent buyer for Parish Entertainment Group, whose properties include The New Parish, Brick & Mortar Music Hall, and Leo's Music Club, is also on the board of directors at the venue as an operations manager, according to the East Bay Express. – Staff Writers

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