The UC Theatre - Historic Movie Theater Turned Music Venue
The UC Theatre in Berkeley, California, is a unique performance venue with a long and rich history. Also known as the UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, the building was designed by renowned local architect James W. Plachek and is best described as cross between the Fox Theater in Oakland and The Fillmore in San Francisco. The venue hosts performances from some of the biggest names in music and is the ideal place to see your favorite artists when they visit downtown.
The UC Theatre History
The UC Theatre opened as a movie theater in 1917, making it one of Berkeley's oldest and most historically important entertainment venues. The movie theater closed in 2001 before undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation to become a multi-functional performance venue. It re-opened in 2016 with a concert by Grateful Dead tribute band, Dark Star Orchestra.
The UC Theatre Events
The venue hosts between 75 and 100 performances each year, including live music concerts, film screenings, comedy shows, keynote presentations and cultural events. It stages a range of national and international musicians covering genres, such as pop, indie rock, hip-hop, electronic, bluegrass, folk and jazz. Notable past performers include Ann Wilson, Social Distortion, Thursday, The Brothers Comatose, Dark Star Orchestra and Green Day.
The UC Theatre Seating Layout
The UC Theatre is a premier destination for live performances and other special events. Its three tiers and dance floor cater to up to 1,400 people of all ages and physical capabilities. Most shows are standing room with limited seating, while others are fully seated at tables and chairs. The venue is equipped with theatrical lighting and a Meyer Leopard sound system for an exceptional entertainment experience. It also houses a full-service restaurant and bar.
Located on University Avenue, the UC Theatre is just a short walk from Downtown Berkeley BART Station and all that downtown Berkeley has to offer. Despite being a small city, Berkeley has a thriving cultural scene, with many theaters and music venues presenting a diverse array of performances and events throughout the year. Entertainment venues in close proximity to the UC Theatre include Greek Theatre Berkeley, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Zellerbach Hall and Hertz Hall. These venues are surrounded by many award-winning eateries, including the Japanese restaurant, Ippuku, and the Mexican joint, Comal. Other attractions in the area include the University of California's Berkeley campus, Edwards Stadium, the Museum of Paleontology and Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park.
In 1979, screenwriter Werner Herzog fulfilled a bet made with director Errol Morris and ate part of his boiled shoe before an audience at the Gates of Heaven premiere held at the UC Theatre.
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