Oakland Tribune Outtakes

Notes from Oakland, Berkeley and in between

Kaiser Convention Center

A new place to hear wedding bells

By awoodall

The last thing Oakland kingpin Henry J. Kaiser wanted to see while reigning from the 28th story of his downtown skyscraper was the flat top of a parking garage. So he covered the rooftop with a manicured garden. Inside the Kaiser Center he built a 400-person theater perfect for sit-down music performances and other live shows and a restaurant with a view of Lake Merritt and probably half of the Bay Area on a good day. Steve Snider of Oakland Venue Management said the rooftop garden is perfect for weddings, including his own in October. The timing is perfect. He and Andrew Jones just took over management of all three venues in the Kaiser Center on Lakeside Drive.
The Henry J. Kaiser Auditorium is another story. The duo was set to run the center but Oakland turned to Live Nation, who bailed on running the grand building because  the city wanted them to foot the bill for necessary repairs in addition to the other costs. Now the city wants to sell the building.
Anyway, congratulations to Steve and his bride to be, as well as the partners who have been booking acts and producing shows since they opened the Oakland Box Theater on Telegraph and 18th (later San Pablo Avenue). For inquiries: (510) 384-7874 or visit the website.

Posted on Friday, April 23rd, 2010
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The Kaiser Center open again?

By awoodall

City officials say that they are in talks with a management group that would operate the Kaiser Convention Center, closed since late 2005 when City Administrator Deborah Edgerly recommended turning off the subsidy spigots and closing the entertainment colossus. But a new chapter for the venerable 90+ year old auditorium could begin as soon as two weeks from now. READ more about it in this week’s Night Owl… 

Posted on Thursday, August 14th, 2008
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