Save the Berkeley Shattuck Cinemas

Donald Goldmacher
Donald Goldmacher Berkeley 626 Comments
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We protest the plan to demolish the Landmark Shattuck Theatre as part of the development plan for 2211 Harold Way. We also request a special Berkeley City Council meeting to address this project. This project proposes the construction of an 18 story tower with 302 "market rate" condominiums. This tower will forever alter the character and relevance of our vibrant downtown cultural center.

This architecturally superb theatre is a central gem of the Berkeley Arts District and draws people from all around the Bay Area. Public comment on this project has been rushed through without adequate notice or public Input. In the past several years (beginning with The Rialto on Gilman Street) 7 movie theaters have closed in Berkeley. The last theater take- over was of The Fine Arts. The promise to build a replacement theater was realized in the form of the marquee that reads Fine Arts—and no theater.

The Shattuck brings many people to Downtown Berkeley restaurants and other businesses, resulting in a vibrant Cultural center of the city. People come from as far away as Sacramento and stay overnight to see a film. The Shattuck shows documentaries, indies, and the best foreign films. Absent the Shattuck, the business will shift to SF, and Berkeley will become a cultural desert for cinema. We can stop this from happening by making our voices heard now. To make your voice heard by contacting the Zoning Adjustment Board zab@ci.berkeley.ca.us., and the city council, council@cityofberkeley.info.


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