BERKELEY — The historic, shuttered Oaks Theatre building on upper Solano Avenue is listed for sale at $4.25 million, and the owner would like to see it reemerge as a theater and arts venue. The 21,575-square-foot building, at 1861-1877 Solano Ave., includes an approximately 1,000-seat-capacity movie theater with balcony, and five retail spaces below five offices, according to a prospectus from local brokerage Gordon Commercial Real Estate Services toddler ballet shoes size 6. A sign over the ticket office visible through the front glass door lists the movie titles “War of the Roses,” “Black Dahlia,” “Driving Miss Daisy” and “Steel Magnolias.”..
Four of the ground-floor, avenue-frontage retail spaces currently are occupied: Solano Florist, Yves’ Gallery of Fine Art and Jewelry, Jay’s Shoe Repair, and Allure Hair Studio. The vacant storefront used to be Hannah’s, a used and vintage children’s clothing store toddler ballet shoes size 6. Yves’ has a going-out-of-business sale sign in the window. When the Oaks closed in 2010, David Corwin, president of Metropolitan Theaters, cited competition from the numerous movie theaters in the area, and the resulting difficulty in booking first-run films, as the reason why he was not renewing his company’s lease..
A plan hatched in 2013, to renovate the theater and lease it to the Youth Musical Theater Company and other local performing arts groups such as the West Edge Opera, Berkeley City Ballet, and Young People’s Symphony Orchestra, did not come to fruition. “We’re still open to leasing it,” Kevin Gordon, a broker with Gordon Commercial Real Estate, said last week. “But it may be more feasible if they (prospective occupants) were to buy the assets.” toddler ballet shoes size 6. Allowable uses at the theater would include a quick-serve restaurant with beer and wine, according to the listing..
Company principal John Gordon, who is Kevin Gordon’s uncle, owns the city-landmarked, 1925-vintage Oaks. It is the oldest surviving building along upper Solano Avenue, according to the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association toddler ballet shoes size 6. “What we really hope for is that experienced leadership comes together with appropriate support,” Kevin Gordon added. “It takes a special kind of collaboration, of people, talent, experience and money, to create an art house. Elsewhere in Berkeley, the UC Theatre on University Avenue was closed for more than a decade before it reopened as a performing arts venue last year. The Elmwood Theatre was restored as a movie house in 1994 after several years’ closure..
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