Oaks Theater Finds New Tenant, One that Promises Foreign Fare
By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday April 01, 2010
Tired of watching the same old Hollywood blockbusters or even independent flicks at your local Berkeley Theater? Well, starting very soon, the historic Oaks Theater will be showing foreign fare—Indian, Korean and even Mexican—and maybe even serving dinner and drinks with it.
John Gordon of Gordon Commercial told the Planet Wednesday that he had found a new tenant for the Oaks Theater after Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Theaters decided not to renew their lease in February.
Metropolitan, which took over Oaks five years ago, had a difficult time attracting movie-goers to the theater, which Gordon attributed to competition from other Berkeley theaters such as AMC and the neighborhood rival Albany Twin.
Gordon was not able to immediately confirm the name of the company that has taken over the lease, but said it was under the management of five Indian men who own a theater in Milipitas.
The only company that matches that description is Serra Theaters, which is located in Silicon Valley at 200 Serra Way.
The management, Great Indian Entertainment, which is headed by five individuals, opened the two screen 300-seat Serra Theater in 2008 with the intention of turning it into a hub for Hindi movies, including regional films in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam.