UC Theatre to Become JazzClub? Hurdles Mount

posted by gsmurph on September 12, 2005 at 5:51 am

BERKELEY, CA — Just when it will happen remains a question, but the closed UC Theatre is being sought after as the home of a jazz club.

Gloria Mendoza and Michael Govan, until recently operators of Kimball East, a prominent jazz club, have submitted an application for approval with the City of Berkeley for a plan to reconfigure the theater, replacing the row seats with fixed U-shaped booths seating 596 people. Additional movable tables and chairs could increase the capacity to 900.

But there are a few things to be settled before the revitalizations can commence.

More details available from this report by Richard Brenneman in the Berkeley Daily Planet.

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garymey on January 29, 2006 at 5:50 am

The Berkeley City Council approved it and I have seen the plans. About 650 seats with traditional seating in the center and platforms on the sidews and back for table seating with a dance floor in front and extended stage. It is a great use for the theater.
Gary Meyer
I programmed the UC from 1976 through the mid 90s.

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