DeClercq’s Theatrical Specialties, Inc. - d.b.a Oakland United Studios
DeClercq’s Theatrical Specialties, Inc. began operations in 1987. We have established ourselves as a reputable theatre rigging and maintenance company.
It’s true, we’ve been in the business so long our client list reads like a Who’s Who—But we’re never to busy for YOU!
In May of 1992, we acquired Oakland United Studios as an affiliate rigging company. With over 30 years in the theatre industry, its reputation speaks for itself.
We have complete capabilities to build or remodel interiors, including all movable rigging, projection screens and frames, acoustical sound panel design and installation, speaker and amplification support, drapery design, manufacturing, repair and installation, flameproofing, screen cleaning and a service department to maintain auditorium equipment.
DeClercq’s Theatrical Specialties, Inc. dba Oakland United Studios has provided service, maintenance and interior installations for the following multi-plex theatres:
BRENDEN THEATRE CORPORATION UNITED ARTISTS THEATRES
RENAISSANCE RIALTO, INC. GENERAL CINEMA CORPORATION
SIGNATURE THEATRES MANN THEATRES
PACIFIC THEATRES CENTURY THEATRES
We have also participated, in various capacities, in work at:
ALAMEDA HISTORIC HIGH SCHOOL AMERICAN COLLEGE (Athens)
LEMOORE NAVAL AIR STATION SKYWALKER RANCH
DISNEY STUDIOS (Burbank) LANDMARK THEATRES
CHINESE CONSULATE (San Francisco) PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS
HENRY J. KAISER CONV CTR (ARENA & CALVIN SIMMONS
S.F. STATE UNIVERSITY MORRISON PLANETARIUM
SONY PICTURE STUDIOS 20th CENTURY FOX STUDIOS DOLBY LABS (Brisbane)
Below is a list of completed projects at various schools and churches:
STANLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL (Lafayette)
SEMPLE INTERMEDATE (Benicia)
GREEK ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF THE
MASTER (Mission Viejo, CA)
MIRAMONTE HIGH (Orinda) CROWDEN MIDDLE (Berkeley)
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF LOS GATOS
ST. ALBANS CHURCH (Albany)
ST. MATTHEW’s EPISCOPAL
SCHOOL (San Mateo)
Our company operates in all western states and consults new and remodel theatrical projects anywhere.
Sarco Construction ~ Fox Theatre, Oakland
Somerset Studios ~ Stanford University Skilling Hall
Meyer Sound Laboratories ~ Bear’s Lab/Demo Room
Sand Hill Media ~ USC Film School
Bay Area Cinema Products ~ Cameo Cinema, St. Helena Technicolor ~ TODD AO
Sand Hill Media ~ USC Annenberg
Technicolor ~ MPC Vancouver Project
Technicolor ~ Sunset Gower Studios
Technicolor ~ Paramount Studios
Visioneering Design ~ Lightstorm
Visioneering Design ~ Kenworthy Vet’s Lodge
Visioneering Design ~ Loma Vista Residence, Beverly Hills Visioneering Design ~ Dreamworks 1400
RED Digital ~ Las Vegas, NAB
Cal Arts ~ Bijou Theatre
JSX Audio ~ EMF KLOVE Air1
Signature Theatres (Screening Room)
Somerset Studios – Archbishop Riordon High School, San Francisco California Textiles – CA School for the Blind, Fremont
Somerset Studios – Historic
Pixar Animation Studios – Emeryville
First Baptist Church – Oakland
Nectar Wine Lounge, San Francisco
Somerset Studios – Lockheed Martin
WATG Architects – Quincy Jones Home Theatre
Central Middle School,San Carlos
Berkeley High School (Doug Murphy)
Signature Theatres – Palm Springs
Blacow Elementary Schoo
Fremont Auctions By the Bay
Alameda AMC – Kabuki, SF
AMC – Mercado 20, Santa Clara
Harrah’s Theatre Equipment Company – Mexican Heritage, San Jose Manteca Unified School District
Melrose School, Oakland
Signature Theatres – Ukiah
Bimbo’s 365 Club, San Francisco
St. Felitcitas Church, San Leandro
Harrah’s Theatre Equipment Company – Larkspur
Harrah’s Theatre Equipment Company ~ Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley Signature Theatres – San Jacinto
Good Shepherd School, Santa Cruz
Farotte Construction – Gilroy High School
Dreamworks – Redwood City
Bob Hope Theatre – Stockton
Scott Putnam Assoc, Inc. – Hollywood
Harrah’s Theatre Equipment Company – Fox Theatre, San Jose
Oakland Coliseum Arena
Harrah’s Theatre Equipment Company – Heavenly Cinemas, So. Lake Tahoe Webcor Builders – LDAC Presidio, San Francisco
Universal Studios –Wasserman
Harrah’s Theatre Equipment Company – San Juan Capistrano
Harrah’s Theatre Equipment Company – Fox Theatre, Taft
Congregation Beth David – Saratoga
Buntain Construction – Twin Cities Church, Grass Valley
Modern Pacific – Doughtery Ctr, San Ramon
Panoramic Interests – GAIA Center, Berkeley
Shiloh Christian Fellowship – Oakland
Somerset Studios – Edna Brewer Middle School, Oakland
Signature Theatres – Bellevue, WA
EnCompass Academy, Oakland
Brenden Theatre Corp – Palms Relocation, Las Vegas, Nevada
ILM ~ LDAC Screening Rooms A & B
Technicolor ~ Tribeca
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Paul DeClercq - Owner Operator
DeClercq’s Theatrical Specialties, Inc. is a product of modern day technology and old fashioned ingenuity. Two very inquisitive brothers, Joe and Paul DeClercq lived next door to Jack Craig, owner of Oakland United Studios. Jack had been around theatre since the “old days” as a ticket taker for United Artists and eventually moved up from there into his own company fabricating, repairing and maintaining theatre drapery, rigging and hardware.
The DeClercq’s went to work for Jack at Oakland United Studios until the opening of their own company in 1987. In 1992, the DeClercq’s purchased Oakland United Studios (upon Jack’s retirement). In the bargain came their good friend, old neighbor, knowledgeable and very experienced in the industry, Dorothy “Dot” Jessup (Jack’s daughter). The acquisition merged the oldest and best in the theatrical specialties industry.
Paul DeClercq continues to operate as President of the company, Dot acts as office manager and project manager. They are bringing up a new, enthusiastic, hard working and creative crew for the Third Act of Oakland United Studios and the Second Act of DeClercq’s Theatrical Specialties, Inc.
These are EXCITING TIMES!
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY;
Harrah’s Theater Equipment Co.
"Very high quality work and they are the best in the business when it comes to installation of screens, maskings and draperies."
Renaissance Rialto Inc.
I have always been happy with the work that Declercq's Theatrical Specialties has done for my theatres. They have done all of my screen and curtain work as well as soundfold work as DeClercq's (and formerly United Studios) for over 25 years. Their restoration of the San Francisco Grand Drape was their most unusual and complicated job they have done for my company. They have always done an excellent job."
Renaissance Rialto Inc.
Brenden Theater Group – Bruce Coleman
“Good company. I’ve worked with them for years. Always on budget and on time!”
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DeClercq's Theatrical Specialties Inc.
724 Kevin Ct. Oakland, CA 94621
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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Do you do Installation and Fabrication ?
We are the longest running, most experienced installation/fabrication crew in the industry!
We can install it for you or instruct your crew.