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Paramount Theater: "ROMAN HOLIDAY" for 5 Dollars!

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Meet at 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...

ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953) - While on an official visit to Rome, a bored young Princess Anne (Audrey Hepburn) slips away from her handlers to sample the wonders of the ancient city -- incognito. When she encounters down-on-his-luck reporter Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck), all Joe can think about at first is the world's biggest scoop. All Princess Anne can think about is sampling the life of a commoner, free from royal responsibilities. Soon enough, the sensual city of Rome works its romance and to nobody's surprise but Joe's and Anne's, love blooms. A tribute to, and a time capsule of, post-war Italy, this is one of the first major Hollywood films shot on location. A black-listed Dalton Trumbo won the Academy Award for Best Screenplay (though his Oscar was accepted by a front man). Previously known only to British movie-goers, Hepburn garnered both Golden Globe and Academy Awards for Best Actress for her performance in this film that launched her Hollywood career.

After the film, for those interested, we'll walk two blocks to Vo's Vietnamese restaurant, for an after-movie discussion. Vo's serves appetizers, drinks, and dinners till 1 am. It's located at 59 Grand Ave. at the corner of Webster.

So see Roman Holiday again on the big screen! The Paramount Screen!!! For only 5 bucks!

Witness cheering crowds, the subjectivity that only a large screen can deliver, and be transported back in time to experience a glorious film from the golden age of Hollywood.

Encapsulated instructions follow: 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), try and 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 ME the hard way. Look for my purple sweatshirt.

Bring rain gear if bad weather looms!

See the bottom of this page for show-time details.

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, I or the group will offer an escort to your car.

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 all night. 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, but still it's a bit of a hassle.

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 (next to the Subway sandwich shop), 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

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 past films that have played there practically sold out by curtain rise. So I will meet you from 6 – 6:45 at Starbucks Coffee Shop.

Finally, Step 4............

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

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!

Purchase tickets online


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