Past Meetup

Paramount Theater: "CASABLANCA" for 5 Dollars!

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Finally, the Classics Return!

NEW MEETING LOCATION: Starbucks Coffee on W. Grand off Broadway, from 6:00 - 6:45pm, located 2 blocks from the Paramount; followed by the 8pm showing of...

CASABLANCA (1942) - The ultimate classic movie with the perfect cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Paul Henreid, Peter Lorre, and Sydney Greenstreet. Adventure, romance, an exotic locale, an unforgettable song, a beautiful heroine, a cynical hero, and Nazi villains. Casablanca has it all. One of those films you can watch over and over again. If you only see one Paramount Theater classic movie this year, this is the one. The film won Oscars for Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Screenplay, and many of its classic lines are now part of our culture.

"Event Organizer" Lawrence will not be in attendance, but your Event Host Michael McGee will be...

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 ... 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 "CASABLANCA" 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 "CASABLANCA" 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

(510) 834-8406

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. And now...

Step 4.

If you don't arrive until after 6:45, you may catch us in line at the theater 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 section of the balcony's first 9 rows, usually near the main walkway. Remember, we will not be saving seats for people, so it's first-come, first-served and seats fill up very quickly after 7:30.

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!


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Happy Viewing!


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