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Paramount Theater: "LAURA" for 5 Dollars!



NEW MEETING LOCATION: Starbucks Coffee on W. Grand off Broadway, from 6:00 - 6:45pm, located 2 blocks from

the Paramount Theater

followed by the 8pm showing of.

LAURA (1944) - Director Otto Preminger assembles a marvelous cast and strikes the perfect balance between low motives and high style in this film noir murder mystery. Assigned to investigate the gruesome murder of lovely Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney), hard-boiled homicide detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) cross-examines those who may have had a motive: gossip columnist Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb), wealthy playboy Shelby Carpenter (Vincent Price), and his lover, Ann Treadwell (Judith Anderson). Strangely drawn to Laura himself, now present only in the form of an oil portrait, Mark can't help falling in love with the dead girl. Then, late one night, Laura returns - or does she? This clever, mesmerizing whodunit is still the standard against which all film noir is judged and earned five Oscar nominations. 







Here are the encapsulated meetup directions

But read the entire e-mail!

1. Buy your ticket first. If you wait too long, there may be long lines at the box office, or the show may sell out ... Sorry, but we will not be saving seats for people in the theater.

2. Meet us at Starbucks Coffee at 420 W. Grand street, from 6:00 - 6:45 pm.

3. If you did not see us in line or meet us at Starbucks (directions below), meet us in the front section of the theater balcony after 7pm (see step "4" below in this message for further details).


Mobile messaging does not function THRU the Meetup site, so you will have to find us the hard way.

Bring rain gear if bad weather looms!

Now see "Laura" again on the big screen! The Paramount Screen!!! For only 5 bucks!!

See the bottom of this page for show-time details

Click the link for a "Laura" review.....

This Theater Photo Is a Clickable Link to Hidden Treasure!

Nothing could be more fun than an old classic film. Oops, yes there is something more fun! An old classic film at the nation's most beautiful art deco theater, The Paramount! 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. That's right, five bucks!

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 will be hoping to meet similar-minded moviegoers that Friday night. So who's with me? I recommend taking BART, which stops right underneath the theater, letting you avoid the 25-minute traffic jam at Caldecott Tunnel. Should you attempt to drive, bring an extra set of tires for your evening stroll through downtown Oakland to your car. Tee hee hee. Parking is a typical city experience. However, a for-hire PARKING garage sits right next to the Paramount should you make the car trip! Rumors of ten bucks cost. Some patrons have instead parked at the Macarthur BART station and then taken BART over since it's cheaper than using Oakland's parking garages.


BART Directions: Take BART to the 19th Street Station. Travel to the rear of the train/station and take the escalator up. Continue to the Exit turnstiles at the rear of the station, and then take a left, going up the escalator to street level. Do a right U–turn on the street and behold the Paramount marquee (P) ahead! Cross 20th Street.









After purchasing your tickets, CONTINUE two blocks north on Broadway to W Grand Ave. Meet me at Starbucks which is located on the Northwest side of the street.




Starbucks Coffee 6:00 -

6:45 PM

420 W. Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA



With previous experiences, I can say that it's no fun being late. So I will be going early to the theater since the last Hitchcock film that played there practically sold out by curtain rise. So I will meet you from 6 – 6:45 at Starbucks Coffee Shop.

I'll be wearing a purple S.F.S.U. sweatshirt, reading a book (me, Lawrence, Asst Organizer).

Step ............4.)

If you're late... At 6:45, you may catch us back at the theater in line to get the good seats in the balcony. If you arrive after 7:00 PM, just go up to the balcony and look for us in the middle of the first 9 rows (again, in the balcony, not on the first floor). Look for my purple S.F.S.U. sweatshirt (either on me or draped over the walkway railing).

Bring warm clothing since the theater is air conditioned and can sometimes be chilly.


Schedule at the theater itself:

6 PM Box office opens
7 PM Doors open
7:30 Organ performance
8:00 Show time!

See you there!



I found that the following nonprofit organization networks offer many films and media for free viewing on your computer or computer TV.

...and yet again another free service for streaming films FREE as well as music and other media!

Hulu provides a huge collection complete television series shows for only 7.95 a month and what an incentive to cut the 80 dollar a month cable bill!

An amazing service with hundreds of modern & Classic films. But no need to register or download an app as they claim. Just hit the "view as free user button" and enjoy! No more Netflix! High-speed Internet required.


Another ad supported, free Internet-accessed, feature-length movie web service.


Independent films with questionable content


Books education and moives

Science talks


Happy Viewing!



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  • Diana M.

    Iwould give it a 9 for sociability of people met that night, but a 6 for the movie as the sound track was "muddy" and hard to understand,

    May 13, 2013

  • myles g.

    The theatre was so cold, I feel asleep for most of the film. One of the other Meetup members was slightly rude to me--he shall remain nameless.

    May 12, 2013

    • myles g.

      George, it WASN'T you at all. It was someone else who I don't seem to see among the attendees.

      May 12, 2013

    • George

      I was just supporting you :-)

      May 13, 2013

  • George

    It seem the old one are often better.

    May 12, 2013

  • Emily O.

    A fun event to attend. Sorry didn't get to chat with everyone beforehand at Starbucks.

    May 11, 2013

  • Mayen E.

    It was captivating. And a good movie

    May 11, 2013

  • Lindy

    Sorry - I have more work that I need to finish tonight

    May 10, 2013

  • Mayen E.

    This will be my first meet up can't wait to see you all at the pre-meet @ Starbucks and the enjoy a good film noir:)

    May 10, 2013

  • Emily O.

    I've never seen this -- thanks for organizing. In the past I've had trouble finding the group so Starbucks sounds like a good method!

    May 10, 2013

  • Linda

    Can't come after all.

    May 9, 2013

  • Anna M

    Sorry to miss this :-(

    May 8, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Vincent Price AND film noir. What's not to love, eh?

    May 7, 2013

  • Lindy

    in balcony 7pm-ish

    May 5, 2013

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