Friday, May 22, 2009

Cerrito Speakeasy Theater Closed Until Further Notice

By Nate Seltenrich
Fri, May 22, 2009 at 1:37 PM

After a series of public announcements over the last eight days -- including Speakeasy Theaters' offer to pull out of the Cerrito Theater and aid in the search for a new operator, followed by an El Cerrito City Council meeting earlier this week designed to give members of the public an opportunity to weigh in on the theater's future -- the worst has happened. Well, almost. But it doesn't look good. Following the city council meeting, theater owners Kyle and Catherine Fischer announced via email that the Cerrito would be temporarily closing from May 20-28. But here we are on the 22nd, and that plan seems to have already been scrapped. The Cerrito Speakeasy Theater website now reads: "Dear Speakeasy Patrons: The Cerrito Theater is Closed Until Further Notice." As far as we can tell, Speakeasy Theaters looks to be done in the East Bay. Let's just hope another operator (or two) steps up to save both the Parkway and the Cerrito -- and hopefully retain some of the business practices that made the Parkway such a beloved Oakland institution.

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