Paramount Theatre (Oakland, CA)

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INFO Built in 1931, The Paramount Theatre in downtown Oakland, CA is a towering testament to Art Deco movie houses and the opulence of old Hollywood. When it opened, it was the West Coast’s biggest multi-purpose theater – featuring... ... read more

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    Oakland, CA
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    2025 Broadway
    Oakland, CA 94612

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Paramount Theatre (Oakland, CA) Information

Built in 1931, The Paramount Theatre in downtown Oakland, CA is a towering testament to Art Deco movie houses and the opulence of old Hollywood.

When it opened, it was the West Coast’s biggest multi-purpose theater – featuring seating for an astounding 3,476 people. The exterior features 110-foot tile mosaics, while the interior boasts a 58-foot high lobby with glowing grillwork, and vertical bands alternating between green artificially lighted panels and lusty red piers. The auditorium is perhaps the most aesthetically arresting space, with its golden walls with sculpted depictions of mythological motifs and glinting galaxies.

In 1932 the Paramount was crumbling due to weekly operating costs of around $27,000. Unable to keep up with the payments, the Paramount had no choice but to close down. The Paramount reopened about a year later under the management of Frank Burhans, who tried to cut costs by operating without a stage show or an orchestra, and by unscrewing a lot of light bulbs.

Closed again in 1970, the space saw a glimmer of hope when the Oakland Symphony Orchestra purchased it in 1972 for $1 million; but just two years later the Symphony went bankrupt and sold the The Paramount to the city for just $1.

The story goes that seven members of the community banded together, approached city officials, and suggested operating the theater as a nonprofit organization. The city agreed and the Paramount has been able to remain under these conditions.

These days events at the Paramount Theatre include lecture series, stand-up comedy, re-runs of classic films, and an eclectic offering of music including gospel, jazz, rock, classical, and pop. It also serves as the home for both the Oakland Ballet and the Oakland East Bay Symphony.

Paramount Theatre (Oakland, CA) User Reviews

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Beautiful Theatre
Chloe S. Jun 18, 2013
The Paramount Theatre is a gorgeous venue located in what may not be the most desirable location of Oakland. Oakland is on the up and up and a great place for young professionals to live, plus it's close to The City (for those not from NorCal that's San Francisco). Because it was built in the 1930s, the theatre has a great Old Hollywood feel to it that I absolutely adore, and the decor is brilliant and glamorous. I came here for a concert and was lucky enough to have seats in the front of the orchestra. I could see every little detail of the band that was performing there. However, I believe that every seat in the PT provides a great view as the theatre is not very large (max capacity is about 3000). The staff (which consisted of mainly middle aged women) was very helpful and cheerful. The staff and I were singing and dancing along to the music in the foyer, and that was a great way to kick off my night. The foyer was couches so you can sit and chat with your friends who may have ended up in a different section of the theater as you. If the chance to see a movie or show here comes up, definitely buy those tickets as they will be worth the entire Paramount Theatre experience.
Paramount Pictures Theather
Kanela L. Apr 10, 2013
Oakland has such a bad reputation, but only being there you can see that there's still places that are so worth visiting. and one of those is the Paramount Theater. Where you can fin all kinds of oldies movies and event. i Personally went to see two movies Wizard of Oz from 1939 and Frankenstein from 1923 both antique movies watched in such an atmosphere on Paramount Theater that gives more sense to it all.
Unparalelled Paramount
Lauren H. Apr 8, 2013
It's not easy to forget the place where you first met Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, and Cary Grant. The Paramount Theatre makes it even harder. Glamorous gilded Deco designs seem to support the structure from within, like the skeleton of an enormous airship. The walls and ceilings glow - light diffused through frosted glass gives the impression of dusk, sunset, some kind of soft and educated holiday. Check that your mink stole is up to snuff and the laces on your leather oxfords aren't crooked in the floor-to-ceiling mirrors in the hallways and the octagon of mirrors and glass tabletops which make the ladies’ feel more like a powder room than a restroom. Film buffs, culture hounds, hipsters, college students, well-behaved children, and awkward twenty-somethings channeling their black-and-white, Hollywood-high grandparents flock to the Paramount in droves on the Friday nights for classic films relived under the supervision of stoic men and women carved onto the walls. It is a glorious venue. Class and propriety come along with the show (unless that show is Monty Python or Dr. Strangelove, in which case raucous but amicable quoting and explosions of laughter are substituted), as well as charming organ music, a Deco-wheel raffle, and archived news clips. Velvet seats, cups of red wine, and the company of people too invested in the show to be texting for the duration of it make the Paramount one of the best theatres in the Bay Area.
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