Paramount Theater: Grant & Hepburn in Charade for 5 Dollars!


 Charade (1963) - Pursued by the gang of killers who murdered her husband, Regina Lampert (Audrey Hepburn) turns to a mystery man with a multitude of identities (Cary Grant) for succor and solace. Is she making a terrible mistake? Is he a clever disarming rogue who is only after her money? Or is he the only thing standing between her and certain doom? Directed by the great Stanley Donen, this sophisticated romantic thriller features undeniable on-screen chemistry and matchless repartee between Grant and Hepburn. A sinister cast of villains (Ned Glass, James Coburn, and George Kennedy) and a twisting, turning Hitchcockian plot ensure a riveting movie experience. 

Now see  "CHARADE" again on the big screen! The Paramount Screen!!! For only $5!

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 local 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!


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

Nothing could be more fun than an old classic film. Oops, yes there is! 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 the glorious movie palaces of a bygone era! And all for a five-dollar admission. That’s right, five bucks!

This Theater Photo Is a Link to Hidden Treasure!














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. Yet, a for-hire PARKING garage sits right next to the Paramount should you make the car trip! Rumors of ten bucks cost.

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 Café Madrid. The Cafe gets swamped and it is difficult to get food if you're not there at 6pm. But there's always popcorn, wine, and concession items at the theater!

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 U-turn, going up the escalator to street level. Do a right U–turn on the street and behold the Paramount marquee ahead! Cross 20th Street. Note CAFE MADRID at the corner. Proceed to the theater box office and purchase your ticket for 5 bucks (cash only). Then return two doors down to Café Madrid to meet me inside. I will be the guy with long sideburns and a trench coat! ;-) Just kidding… I mean a purple S.F.S.U. sweatshirt, reading a book. (me, Lawrence, Asst Organizer).

The Café Madrid coffee house serves sandwiches, Spanish paella, and other meals. Cost $8 – $15.

At 6:45, you may catch us 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 first middle 9 rows (if we're lucky to get them)

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

See you there!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent! The price was just perfect. The event was really well organized. Thank you, Lawrence for your hard work!

    May 5, 2012

  • Carissa

    Thanks for organizing Lawrence! This is still one of my all time favorite classics! So much fun to see at the Paramount!

    May 5, 2012

  • Lawrence

    The lines started at the box office for tickets early and an estimated 3/4 full house for
    this Stanley Donnen Film. Described a a thriller, comedy, who dunnit and also described as the Best Hitchcock Film Hitchcock never made. Yes if Hitch made this film none of the Donnen humor would have come thru and well, another road not traveled. Holes did exist in this plot. But suspension of your disbelief made for good entertainment. With a all star cast: George Kennedy, James Coburn, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau. The organist was a poor substitute for Jerry Nogano absent without explanation. But the emcee did excuse the substitute with obvious technical difficulties of the equipment excuse. This next years Film selection will consist of a disappointing selection of non classic 70's/80's pop culture films. It was a good night overall and I want to thank six new attendees for their participation. Hope to see you next time!

    May 5, 2012

  • Claudia M.

    Big fun!!! The prize thing has improved a lot since the last time I went - not painful at all. The film was a blast - one of my sentimental favorites.

    May 5, 2012

  • Anna M

    Such a great movie!!

    May 5, 2012

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