Thursday, May 14, 2009

Speakeasy Theaters to Withdraw from Cerrito

By Nate Seltenrich
Thu, May 14, 2009 at 1:40 PM

Just like Oakland institution and sister theater the Parkway Speakeasy before it, the Cerrito Speakeasy may be facing closure, or at the very least a new operator. Responding to criticism that they did not offer adequate (read: any whatsoever) public notice before closing the Parkway in March, Speakeasy Theaters has just announced an El Cerrito City Council meeting that will directly address the fate of the Cerrito Speakeasy Theater. Owners Kyle and Catherine Fischer noted in the announcement that "Speakeasy Theaters has been experiencing extreme financial difficulty since opening the Cerrito Theater," which contributed to the closing of the Parkway. The Cerrito could be headed down the same path. "Speakeasy Theaters has already agreed to leave as operators," the email continues, "and we have offered to locate and train a new operator." But that's not all: due to immediate financial hardships, the theater will no longer be open on Mondays and Tuesdays. The city council meeting takes place Monday, May 18th at 10890 San Pablo Ave. at 7:30 p.m. "If any of this is of interest to you, I suggest that you attend the meeting," the Fischers conclude. Expect a packed house.

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