Godzilla will be playing at the Paramount Theater in Oakland on 8/9 for the very reasonable price of $5.00. No book attached to this one - just pure summer fun and big blockbuster entertainment. I have always loved this movie and can't wait to see it on the big screen.
If you've never been to the Paramount in Oakland, you're in for a real treat! It's like stepping back into the past, into one of those glorious movie palaces of a bygone era! And all for a five-dollar admission. Film showings at the Paramount include a half-hour organ concert of classic songs (starting at 7:30), followed by cartoons, newsreels, clips of coming attractions, and even a raffle drawing with prizes such as dinners for two at some of the area's finest restaurants! Winner of the East Bay Express's "Best Movie-Going Experience" and voted "Best Deal in the Bay Area," it's a wonderful night out on the town!
I recommend taking BART, which stops right underneath the theater at the 19th street station (20th street exit). If you insist on driving in to downtown Oakland on a Friday night, here is a link to the Paramount's parking recommendations: http://www.paramounttheatre.com/direct.html#parking.
Godzilla is a 1954 Japanese Monster Movie. A 164-foot-tall (50-meter-tall) monster reptile with radioactive breath is revived, thanks to nuclear testing. It goes on a mad rampage, destroying Tokyo - can it be stopped? Should it be killed?
Japan is thrown into a panic after several ships explode and are sunk. At first, the authorities think it must be either underwater mines or underwater volcanic activity. The authorities soon head to Odo Island, close to where several of the ships were sunk. One night, something comes onshore and destroys several houses and kills several people. A later expedition to the island led by paleontologist Professor Kyôhei Yamane, his daughter Emiko, and young navy frogman Hideto Ogata (who also happens to be Emiko's lover, even though she is betrothed to Dr. Daisuke Serizawa) soon discover something more devastating than imagined in the form of a monster the natives call Gojira. Now, the monster begins a rampage that threatens to destroy not only Japan but the rest of the world as well. Can the monster be destroyed before it is too late, and what role will the mysterious Serizawa play in the battle?
The pesky details:
We will meet at the Paramount where I will be standing in line at 6:30. You can buy tickets online, but there are extra fees and these events don't tend to sell out. If you intend to buy tickets at the theater please note that the Paramount only accepts cash.
The day before we meet, I will send an e-mail with my phone number and description of what I'll be wearing so you can find me. We will enter the theatre to get seats at 7:00. We will have about 30 minutes (festivities begin at 7:30, curtain goes up at 8 p.m.) to have a drink and snacks. There's an awesome hot dog cart outside the theater if you want to munch dinner while in line.