Good News, Bad News: Oakland Opera Theater’s New Digs


Bad news first: The Oakland Opera Theater was forced to move recently, just weeks before the start of a new performance, after being priced out of its previous location at 201 Broadway. According to a press release sent today, “a property tax clause in the original lease that had never been put into effect was suddenly enforced, nearly quadrupling the rent on the space the company had been leasing since its inception in 2001.” The good news: Their new space at 630 3rd Street, just five blocks away, is twice as big and apparently better suited for the opera house’s productions. The only caveat is it’s no longer on Jack London Square’s main drag, but this shouldn’t surprise our readers.