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October 10, 2009 - 20 went

A Private Tour Inside Oakland's Giant Paramount Theatre

Photos of our Tour Inside Oakland's Giant Paramount Theatre. First photo is inside the lobby looking above the front doors.

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Added by Howard S.
on Oct 10, 2009.
 

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  • Lawrence

    The paramount theater in Oakland is definitely one of the must sees on your list. Built in 1931 and surviving the great depression, it was a relief for the starving masses in hard times who could go to a national picture for escape from their lives in a grand palace where art deco was the hey day.. The Paramount seating 3500 plus patrons offers three mezzanines a giant organ and bathrooms the size of a small home. Premiering films such as ?The Robe? and others it?s a miracle to see. Now owned by the city of Oakland and operated by a non profit foundation the Paramount was saved from the wrecking ball in the 1970?s not to be remodeled but completely restored to every last detail, to the dyes, light bulbs and plumbing. Restored to the most stringent standards for acceptance into the National Register of Historic buildings as one of Americas National Treasures. The theater operates a few Fridays a month showing classic films at five dollars a person ! With a great live organ recital before the film, it?s a show you must see and hear! Yet its original design is an acoustically acceptable concert hall and stage theater still hosting a local symphony and local Stage productions. Unknown to many persons is the labyrinthine city that exists in the underground beneath the theater. Compete with a maze of tunnels leading to scene shops, light bulb repair rooms , maintenance shops, cafeteria, its own generators making the Paramount independent from city electric supply and hidden doors to the lobby! Including three floors of 22 small back stage rooms for performers! Even rumor has it that Paramount?s own Phantom of the Opera ghost may have been only fiction. The photos that follow are a result of a great two hour tour conducted twice a month by our tour guide for only 5 dollars a head. That is quiet an eyeful with a recorded organ recital and light show. Discretely available only to local 169 union members such as myself, not included in the tour of the Projection room are photos of several of the massive xenon arc lamp projectors and their cooling snorkels. Marble countertop splicing tables and its own restroom humor. With a another rumor that the 19th street BART station holds a secret Al Capone style tunnel exit for Performers : yet Bart?s a great access alternative to the theater directly above. Photos and camere movie clip of dungeons! http://www.flickr.com/photos/123lawrence/sets/72157622447868389/ . Take the time to be on the e-mail alert list at www.paramounttheater.com and see this monument! Included in our walk that day was a visit to the Oakland gardens and Lake Merits new catholic church recently completed, a feat of glass in itself!

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  • Lawrence

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/123lawrence/sets/72157622447868389/ . Take the time to be on the e-mail alert list at www.paramounttheater.com and see this monument! Included in our walk that day was a visit to the Oakland gardens and Lake Merits new catholic church recently completed, a feat of glass in itself!

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