Menlo Mainstays

As noted previously on InMenlo, Menlo Park’s 90+ year old movie theater, the Guild, is closing Thursday, Sept. 26, to make way for a new Guild that will focus on live entertainment. There will be a free screening of the film Cinema Paradiso at a “Goodbye Guild” event on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at  7:05 pm, with doors opening at 6:30 on a first-come/first-seated basis.

Emails Judy Adams, who spearheaded the Save the Guild effort: “Refreshments will be at the usual prices, but there is no admission charge for the film in honor of the many years of the Guild Theatre. The screening is sponsored by the supporters of the Save the Guild petition, which had 4,000 signers online and at-the-theater, combined.

“It was made possible by Landmark Theater giving up the scheduled film Official Secrets at the 7:05 time slot on Wednesday to allow this free event honoring the many years of indie/arts/documentary films at the Guild, and in cooperation with the Peninsula Arts Guild, and the service of the Guild’s employees.”

With that chapter closed, we checked in with Menlo Park resident Drew Dunlevie who along with Pete Briger and Thomas Layton own the building with plans to re-open it as a live entertainment venue operated by the non-profit Peninsula Arts Guild.

“We’re still working through the various permitting processes with multiple entities including the City of Menlo Park, Caltran [because the Guild is on a state highway] and PG&E,” he said. “There’s a lot of complexity, but that said, I’m hopeful that we are close to getting it nailed down.”

The building will be demolished some time this Fall with a planned reopening about two years out.

“I’ve said since the first meeting in January, 2018, that first and foremost the Guild will be a live entertainment facility,” said Drew. “That said, we can have filmed entertainment on a screen, maybe sporting events, maybe other entertainment as well. There’s even a possibility of hosting week-long film festivals. What we will not be is a first run movie theater.”

Drew concluded: “Our primary mission is to serve the community and we take that seriously.”

Might there be a return of movie theaters to downtown Menlo Park, we asked Mayor Ray Mueller, who replied:

“It’s still my hope, in a parking garage discussion for the downtown, we will have the opportunity to put a small movie theater sub-level in the parking structure, wherein the City would be the landlord and treat the movie theater as a public amenity, keeping the rent low enough it can attract an operator. The theater would be similar in size to the small movie theater at the Northstar Ski Resort. However at the present time the parking garage discussion has stalled without enough support on council to proceed with the project. It may be some time before the parking garage discussion begins again.”

Look back on the history of the Guild in this InMenlo post published in 2011.

Top pPhoto by Chris Gulker (c) 2010; rendering of new Guild Theater as a live music venue by CAW architects

{ Be the first to comment }

Spotted: Curtain time for Guild Theatre in Menlo Park

The notice says it all. The last picture show in Menlo Park – aka the Guild Theatre – is closing on Sept. 26. One of area’s oldest entertainment venues, the Guild opened in 1926 and was called the Menlo Theatre. ImagineMenlo has a good history. We’ll try to catch up with the Peninsula Arts Guild […]

Click to read more →

Big day for historic Menlo Park businesses – Beltramo’s and the Oasis

Rubble is what’s left of Beltramo’s, a much revered Menlo Park wine and liquor store, following the demolition of the landmark building. In 2016, the Beltramo family announced it was closing the store, which had been operated by the family since 1882, and selling the property. It most recently temporarily housed a store selling fitness […]

Click to read more →

Next SLAC free public tour is Friday, July 19 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm

SLAC public tours last approximately 90 minutes and generally include a visit to the 2-mile-long linear accelerator building and one other SLAC facility (depending on site availability). The tour meets at 12:45 p., at the orientation theater in Building 53, located across from the main SLAC entrance (2575 Sand Hill Rd.). Please bring a valid […]

Click to read more →

Jesse Cool brings in a new partner with a familiar face at Flea Street Cafe

Jesse Cool has a new partner at Flea Street Cafe — and the face is very familiar. Michael Biesemeyer worked for long periods of time over the past decade at the Menlo Park restaurant. “I’ve been hoping to find a partner for a few years,” explained Jesse. “I made a few attempts with chefs, but that […]

Click to read more →

Long time Menlo Park resident Arthur Flegel passes away at age 100 years, seven months

Arthur E. Flegel, who brought furniture to downtown Menlo Park with the opening of Flegel’s Home Furnishings on Santa Cruz Avenue in 1954, passed away in his sleep on March 16. The longtime Menlo Park resident was 100 years, seven months old. There will be a memorial service for Mr. Flegel on May 4, 2018, […]

Click to read more →

The door slams shut one last time on the Oasis

The booths and tables at the Oasis Beer Garden in Menlo Park are as lonely the sole pint of beer pictured right, and unlikely to be filled again. We learned today that Dan Beltramo, the building’s property owner, does not intend to bring back the Oasis in the near future. Emails Menlo Park City Councilman […]

Click to read more →

Oasis may be saved yet – here’s the latest

Menlo Park City Council member Ray Mueller has been in conversation with both the Tougas family (operators of the Oasis) and the Beltramo family (owners of the building) and late this afternoon sent an email to City Manager Alex McIntyre and City Attorney Bill McClure saying that he is “cautiously optimistic the pieces are coming […]

Click to read more →

Beltramo family, property owners of the Oasis, seek new operators for the restaurant

We’ve been asked to spread the word about Dan and Margaret Beltramo’s interest in maintaining the site as a restaurant rather than redevelop the property. According to a city official who met with them, they are emotionally attached to the restaurant, recognize its importance to the community, and have expressed they sincerely wish it would […]

Click to read more →

Menlo Park beer & burger institution, The Oasis, set to close March 7

The Tougas family, who operate The Oasis, announced via Facebook that the much beloved Menlo Park beer and burger spot will close on March 7. Here is their announcement: “To all of our loyal customers and to the greater Menlo Park community, “It is with heavy heart that we announce the closing of our beloved […]

Click to read more →

Judy Adams’s call to action for Guild Theater preservation

Guild Theater advocate Judy Adams brought this to our attention: “Menlo Park’s annual “goal setting” public meeting gives residents an opportunity to express their views on what goals the city should work towards in 2018. Each speaker will have three minutes to make a statement. “If you signed the Save the Guild petition  (as 4000 […]

Click to read more →