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St. John’s Presbyterian Church

2727 College Ave.
Berkeley

St. John's Presbyterian Church was originally located in the building now known as the Julia Morgan Theatre. In 1955, the church bought the present property on College and Forest and occupied the fellowship hall and adjoining classrooms while maintaining various ministries on “two campuses.” In 1968, a generous bequest from Dr. Howard Campbell made it possible to complete the building of the new church and all the necessary accessory areas. In 1974, the “old church” was vacated and services were temporarily held in the Fellowship Hall until the sanctuary was finished one year later. In late 1978 the final mortgage payment had been made on the entire property and a grand service of burning the mortgage was held.

Seating Chart

Herbst Theatre Seat Map

Directions

Public Transport

The AC Transit 51 line passes directly by the Church on College Avenue. Two BART stations are equally close to the theater. From the Rockridge BART Station you can either walk (approx. 1 ½ miles) or catch the AC Transit 51 line right at BART. The other station is the Downtown Berkeley Station. From here you can catch the 51 bus on the West side of Shattuck.

By Car From the South

Get on 80 North/East towards Sacramento. Get off at Ashby. Go East (toward the hills) on Ashby about 3 miles. Turn left on College Ave. Go about 1/2 mile, the Church will be on your right just after Derby St.

BY car From the north

Get on 80 South/West towards San Francisco. Get off at Ashby. Go East (toward the hills) on Ashby about 3 miles. Turn left on College Ave. Go about 1/2 mile, the Theatre will be on your right just after Derby St.

By Car From the EAST

Take 24 West toward San Francisco. Right after the Caldecott Tunnel, take 13 (Tunnel Road) towards Berkeley. Tunnel turns into Ashby. Turn right on College Ave. Go about 1/2 mile, the Theatre will be on your right just after Derby St.

By Car From the west (San Francisco)

Take the Bay Bridge toward Oakland. Stay to the left after leaving the bridge. Get on 80 towards Berkeley/Sacramento. As soon as you're able get over to the right and get off on Ashby. Go East (toward the hills) on Ashby about 3 miles. Turn left on College Ave. Go about 1/2 mile, the Theatre will be on your right just after Derby St.

Parking

St. John's Presbyterian Church has a small parking lot with limited availability. On some occaisions, such as University of California, Berkeley football game days, the lot will be unavailable for parking. There is also street parking available. Please be aware that most streets around the church have a two-hour parking limit. On performance days when the church parking lot is unavailable, we will request parking enforcement begin at 11am. This is only a request that parking enforecement may choose not to honor. Please check your car at intermission to determine if your tire has been chalked.

Dining Ideas

Nan Yang
6048 College Ave.
510.655.3298
Sound Burmese food in modern surroundings. Try the ginger salad, curried fish, fried onion cakes, eight treasure bean curd

Oliveto
5655 College Ave. (at Shafter)
510.547.5356
Paul Bertolli serves the best Italian food in the Bay Area. Benchmark fresh pastas, grilled pigeon, veal Milanese. Casually professional service

La Mediterranée
2936 College Ave. (Ashby Ave.)
510.540.7773
This “dependable” duo “fills a niche” with its “flavorful” (if “not spectacular”) Middle Eastern-Mediterranean fare, catering to phyllo fans in search of “bargain prices”; but aesthetes assert the “cramped quarters” need “upgrading.”

Shen Hua
2914 College Ave. (bet. Ashby Ave. & Russell St.)
510.883.1777
“Very good” “off-the-beaten-track dishes” bathed in “delectable sauces” and served in “an elegant modern setting” are reasons to go to this “interesting” Chinese in Berkeley’s Elmwood district—and the “grumpy”, “frantic service” are reasons to go the “take-out” route.

Lodging

Claremont Resort and Hotel
41 Tunnel Road
Berkeley, CA
800.551.7266

Hotel Durant
2600 Durant Avenue
Berkeley, California 94704
510.845.8981

Hotel Shattuck Plaza
2086 Allston Way
Berkeley, California 94704
510.845.7300