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Proceeds from redevelopment of monumental theater in Berkeley

The city council’s approval is seen as an important step in the construction of a new 18-storey apartment building, which will preserve the 110-year-old facade of the monumental theater.

Berkeleyside reports that the council has rejected an appeal against an order to demolish and develop the site. Rhode Island-based Gilbane Development has proposed building 211 two- and four-bedroom residential apartments. Eleven apartments will be reserved for low-income tenants.

The new building will also include 7,000 feet of performance space at the Ketteridge Street location. California is closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Its owner, Landmark Theatres, announced in 2021 that it would not reopen. It was one of about 2,000 movie houses closed nationwide due to the pandemic.

The Shattuck Cinema closed the following year and the UA Regal announced it would close last year. The Regal site will see an apartment redevelopment similar to The California.

Rialto Cinemas Elmwood is now the last commercial theater still operating in Berkeley.

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