New owners plan to expand Moraga’s landmark Rheem Theatre

MORAGA — The new owners of the Rheem Theatre have plans to
expand the town’s landmark and add two auditoriums.

Rheem Theatre Associates in Petaluma has submitted an
application to the Moraga Planning Department for a
4,113-square-foot addition at the rear of the building and
modifications to parking. The addition calls for two auditoriums,
one with 82 seats and another with 41. The additions would increase
the auditoriums in the theater from four to six, and the Planning
Commission will consider the proposal Oct. 21. The draft
California Environmental Quality Act document
for the project
is available for public review and comment on the Town of
Moraga’s website through Oct. 14.

Dave Corkill is listed as the project manager of Rheem Theatre
Associates. Corkill is also listed as the owner of Cinema West of
Petaluma, which operates 17 movie theaters, including Contra Costa
Stadium Cinema in Martinez, Livermore 13 Cinema in Livermore and
Veranda LUXE Cinema & IMAX in Concord. Rheem Theatre Associates
acquired the theater from the Moraga Community Foundation in July
with plans to renovate and reopen the Rheem by the end of the year.
The historic part of the building will remain intact.

The Rheem Theatre was built by Donald Rheem and had its grand
opening in 1957. It was a single auditorium with one large movie
screen on a stage with 1,000 seats on two levels. Its profitability
declined over the years, and it was eventually closed in 1973,
according to the environmental review document.

The Rheem Theatre underwent several closures and reopenings
through 2018. In March 2018, the Town of Moraga, theater owner
Mahesh Puri and the nonprofit Moraga Community Foundation reached
an agreement to save the landmark, and the foundation operated the
theater until it was sold.

“We view the past year as a tremendous success in that the
Rheem remained open for the enjoyment of the community,” the
Moraga Community Foundation declared in a statement. “It is now
in the hands of new owners, who we hope will continue the tradition
of providing family-friendly entertainment for all to enjoy.”

If you’re interested

To view the draft California Environmental Quality Act document
on the Rheem Theatre project, go to bit.ly/2ov9Vn8.

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New owners plan to expand Moraga’s landmark Rheem Theatre