Climbing company to buy Berkeley’s Oaks Theatre and turn it into gym

A mock-up of what the Oaks Theatre on Solano Avenue will look like if it is converted into a Touchstone climbing facility. Photo: Treve Johnson Photography

BERKELEYSIDE — Touchstone Climbing, the company behind Ironworks and other gyms around California, plans to purchase the Oaks Theatre in Berkeley and turn it into a climbing facility.

Touchstone’s plans, which must still be approved by Berkeley, call for leaving the Oaks marquee and entrance intact, as well as the five retail spaces fronting Solano Avenue, according to Mailee Hung, Touchstone’s director of outreach and communications.


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