Historic California Theatre permanently closed after denied lease renewal

photo of the California Theatre
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Following the decision to deny lease renewal, Landmark’s California Theatre on Shattuck Avenue and Oxford is set to permanently close. The COVID-19 pandemic and reliance on external contracts with landowners have contributed to this loss of a historic Berkeley landmark.

High school student Ryland Walker Knight sat on the edge of his seat, eyes peeled open at the movie screen ahead. Struck by the beauty of the production, he dragged his friend to Berkeley’s California Theater for their second screening of Inland Empire in two days.  
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