The Oaks Theatre, once a central hubbub of Solano Avenue, is one of several properties owned by developer and realtor John Gordon.
Two historic Berkeley homes get a makeover
The John Woolley house is the blue-gray one and the Ellen Blood House is the yellow one. The owners, architect, and builder worked hard to restore the turreted window on the Woolley House. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel Two historic Berkeley homes with a combined age of 263 years have been given a complete makeover, and their […]
Open house displays plans for Shattuck Square facelift
The intersection of Shattuck and University avenues is the second most dangerous intersection in Berkeley for pedestrian collisions and near-misses. The city hopes to change that with the Shattuck reconfiguration project. Image: Google Maps Berkeley residents got their first look at the city’s plan to redesign traffic patterns around Shattuck Square on Tuesday night at an […]
Community effort may see Berkeley’s Oaks Theatre reopen with Bakesale Betty on board
The Oaks Theatre at 1875 Solano Ave. has been empty for several years. New plans may see it reopen if a deal can be reached. Photo: Ian Ransley The Oaks Theatre at 1875 Solano Ave. has been empty for several years. New plans may see it reopen if a deal can be reached. Photo: Ian Ransley By Gill […]
Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses
Bookish Bookstore on Euclid has shut its doors but its owner plans to make it a mobile business. Photo: Bookish Bookish Bookstore on Euclid has shut its doors but its owner plans to make it a mobile business. Photo: Bookish BOOKISH REINVENTION Bookish, that small, stylish bookstore at 1816 Euclid Ave., has shut its doors after just one […]
Solano Avenue: The pressure is on for North Berkeley shopping district to up its game
The Oaks Theater on Solano Avenue, photographed in September 2014. The Oaks was for decades an anchor tenant for the avenue, but it has sat empty for nearly five years. Photo: Mary Flaherty By Gill South When French-style bakery La Farine abruptly closed up shop on Berkeley’s Solano Avenue this summer, there was an outcry from […]
Historic house trucked across People’s Park to new home
Wooley House arrives at its new home on the corner of Dwight Way and Regent Street. Photo: Ted Friedman After decades of painstaking planning, a historic south Berkeley house was moved this weekend, trucked across People’s Park to its new home. Saturday morning at the crack of dawn, the 138-year-old John Woolley house at 2509 […]
2 historic Southside Berkeley homes on the move, literally
Blood House getting ready for its move. Photo: Ted Friedman A complex tripod of moving history is about to take place in South Berkeley. In a unique and probably first-ever-in-Berkeley arrangement, two historical houses, one a city designated landmark, and the other a designated structure of merit, will be hoisted and trucked to a vacant […]
New paint on Berkeley Oaks Theatre: What does it mean?
The Oaks Theatre in North Berkeley has been painted recently, but its reopening remains uncertain. Photo: Mary Flaherty We’ve heard from some curious readers asking about the new paint job underway in North Berkeley on the façade of the Oaks Theatre, as well as the building it is part of, so Berkeleyside checked in with property owner […]
Suit filed to stop Comal owners’ new restaurant
A group calling itself the Elmwood Neighborhood Association has filed suit against a restaurant that has been approved by the city.
Comal owners get OK for new Berkeley restaurant
A group of neighbors have failed to stop a new restaurant from the owners of Comal opening in Berkeley’s Elmwood neighborhood.
Berkeley Oaks Theatre efforts stall in negotiations
A local group spearheaded by Councilman Laurie Capitelli hopes to turn the Oaks Theatre into a community arts space. Photo: Oaks Theatre Consortium [Editor’s note: This story was updated at 1:15 p.m. with additional information from Councilman Laurie Capitelli.] A local consortium’s attempts to come to an agreement to use North Berkeley’s Oaks Theatre on Solano […]