Bay Area Historic Site Set to Reopen as Concert Venue – East Bay Times
The Guild Theatre, a once-popular movie palace in Menlo Park that closed in 2019 after a 93-year run, is set to reopen as a concert venue.
The newly renovated 500-plus-seat theater, located at 949 El Camino Real, will begin hosting shows in mid-January.
The venue has just announced its first batch of concerts, which runs through October 2022. The full list is shown below.
Tickets for all announced concerts will go on sale at noon on December 1 on guildtheatre.com.
Built in 1926, the Guild is now owned and operated by the non-profit Peninsula Arts Guild and has an exclusive partnership with ticketing platform DICE.
“We are thrilled to finally see the project come to fruition,” said Peninsula Arts Guild President Drew Dunlevie. “We started the non-profit organization four years ago with the simple aim of bringing entertainment and culture to an underserved market here in the middle of the peninsula. We also look forward to supporting the philanthropic efforts of many artists. We like to say that we solve for fun and good.
Room upgrades include a specially designed Meyer Sound system for the room.
The site’s general manager is Tom Bailey, who has a long history of working at sites in the Bay Area and beyond. He was notably the general manager of the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York, aged 95.
“The Guild Theater will be a premier venue in every way, from state-of-the-art sound and lights, to a unique, stylish and spacious ‘Green Room’ setup for our talent, to beverage options. top quality (at reasonable prices!) for our customers,” says Bailey. “We intend to make Menlo Park a nightlife destination with great live music, and hope to become a cornerstone of that. community.”
Here is the list of scheduled shows:
JANUARY 18 – STRFKR26 – Son Volt29 – Molly Tuttle
FEBRUARY 5 – Superblue: Kurt Elling Ft. Charlie Hunter6-7 – Three Dog Night16 – Aaron Lee Tasjan18 – The Samples19 – Berlin25 – Robert Glasper27 – Eric Krasno + Son Little (supported by The Sweet Sounds of the Assembly)
MARCH1 – Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Dance Party (with Jazz Mafia)4 – Low Cut Connie26 – The Blasters31 – Sarah Shook & The Disarmers
APRIL4 – Steve Gunn + Jeff Parker13 – Marty Stuart and his fabulous superlatives15 – Orgōne29 – Tennessee Jet
MAY24 – Dip
JULY23 – Mother’s hips
OCTOBER 21-22 – Rocky Horror Picture Show (with The Bawdy Caste)