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Paramount Theater: "ALL ABOUT EVE" for 5 Dollars!

Before the film, visit with fellow film lovers at our new meetup location: IKE'S LAIR SANDWICH SHOP on Broadway, 2 blocks from the Paramount theater.

Then, enjoy the splendor of Paramount Theater's 5-Dollar Film Night for a showing of...

ALL ABOUT EVE (1950) - "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night." And one of the best nights you'll ever spend at a Paramount Movie Classics screening! Written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, this is easily the most masterful critique of show business ever seen on the silver screen. Broadway star Margo Channing (Bette Davis) takes in an ardent fan (Anne Baxter) only to discover she's an aspiring actress with designs on Margo's stardom, roles, friends - and life. Watching from the sidelines is the venomous theatre critic (George Sanders) who takes delight in watching an epic battle unfold between the aging mentor and her young protégée. Superb dialogue, unforgettable characters, and stunning performances all combined to garner All About Eve a record 14 Oscar nominations and six Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director (Joseph Mankiewicz),Best Sound Recording, Best writing, Best Costume (Edith Head), and Best Actor George Sanders.

Suggested MPAA rating: 'PG' for Thematic Elements and Smoking. no violence. There are some heated arguments in the film, but they shouldn't upset anyone but the most sensitive viewers.


Now see  "All About Eve" on the big screen! And not just any big screen, but the one at the Paramount Theater, the nation's most beautiful art-deco movie palace! And all for only $5!

Film showings at the stunning 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 meet similar-minded moviegoers that Friday night, either before the film at Ike's Lair sandwich shop or up in the balcony of the theater itself. It's best to take BART, since it stops right underneath the theater, letting you avoid the 20-minute traffic jam at Caldecott Tunnel.

Should you drive, a parking garage sits right next to the Paramount. Cost is $10, and you must get your car out of the garage immediately after the movie before they lock up the garage (and your car) for the night!

BART Directions: Take BART to the 19th Street Station. Travel to the rear of the train/station and take the escalator up. You should see the Paramount marquee once you exit onto the street.

Proceed to the theater box office (P) and purchase your ticket for 5 bucks (cash only). Then, CONTINUE two more blocks north to 22nd street to where Ike's Lair is situated on the right-hand side of the street. We'll meet outside at the tables on its concrete patio. I'll be wearing my purple SFSU sweatshirt.

We will meet from 6 – 6:45 at:


2204 Broadway
(between Franklin St & Grand Ave)

Delicious sandwiches and fast service in an open-air setting!

Ike's Lair serves scrumptious sandwiches of all kinds -- veggie, vegan, meat, you-name-it. It's quite popular with the locals, and costs range from $7 to $12. They make over 400 different types of sandwiches! More than 30 sandwiches are listed on their blackboard at their Oakland location, but if you want a much, much bigger selection, see the menu on their website at

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 7:15, 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 SFSU sweatshirt (either on me or draped over the aisle railing). Bring warm clothing since the theater is air-conditioned and can sometimes be chilly.

The 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!


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Happy Viewing!


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  • Kim

    Another wonderful event - great movie, terrific group, warm and welcoming hosts. Thanks Michael and Lawrence for another fantastic Meet-Up!

    October 19, 2013

  • mary c.

    what a great movie and friendly people.

    October 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time, one of my favorite films.....and thanks to Kim for the treats!!!!!!

    October 19, 2013

  • Peter C.

    Thanks, Lawrence!

    October 18, 2013

  • Lawrence

    It appears that all A/C transit services are running for local service to the Paramount. But please check your return trip bus schedule for night service to prevent your getting stranded. More info at

    October 18, 2013

  • Tiffany

    sounds like fun!!

    October 14, 2013

  • Kim

    "The Theatuh, the Theatuh - what book of rules says the Theater exists only within some ugly buildings crowded into one square mile of New York City? Or London, Paris or Vienna?" See you at the Paramount!

    October 8, 2013

  • Connie

    "Bullitt" was so much fun! Let's make "All About Eve" a fun night to remember too.

    October 6, 2013

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