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Thousand Oaks Theatre to reopen with new focus

By Jane Tierney Thousand Oaks Theatre on Solano Avenue has changed hands, and current owner Metropolitan has been replaced by a partnership that also runs Serra Theaters in Milpitas which specializes in ethnic, particularly Bollywood movies. The transfer took place on March 30. The theater has been dark since Sunday and there has been no announcement on when it will […]

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Big Screen Berkeley: Pick of the flicks

Maria Heiskanen in Everlasting Moments If you’re in the mood for an old-fashioned drama bereft of flashy gimmicks and nausea-inducing shaky-cam, you may want to plan on spending the evening of Thursday March 4 at Pacific Film Archive. The Archive will be screening director Jan Troell’s Everlasting Moments, a Scandinavian co-production with primary funding supplied […]

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Top honor for Rita Moreno

Berkeley’s own Rita Moreno yesterday received the nation’s top cultural honor, the National Medal of Arts. President Obama presented the award to the star of stage and screen after spending the day in healthcare lock-down mode. Moreno is the only Latina actress to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony for her dance and acting […]

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Big Screen Berkeley: Locally grown produce

Filmmaking has a long, rich history in the East Bay, extending from the World War I-era silent comedies produced at the Essanay-West Studio in Niles (now incorporated in Fremont) to the present-day animated blockbusters created by Emeryville’s Pixar Studios. Despite the best efforts of the Wayans Brothers, however, Oakland has never had its own film […]