Paramount Theatre Of The Arts
Oakland's Paramount Theatre is one of the finest remaining examples of Art Deco design in the United States. Designed by renowned San Francisco architect Timothy L. Pflueger and completed in late 1931, it was one of the first Depression-era buildings to incorporate and integrate the work of numerous creative artists into its architecture and is particularly noteworthy for its successful orchestration of the various artistic disciplines into an original and harmonious whole.
Construction was initiated by Publix Theatres, the exhibiting organization of Paramount Pictures. Although financial difficulties forced the sale of the uncompleted building to Fox-West Coast Theatres, the firm that completed the theatre and operated it until it closed on September 15, 1970, the name "Paramount" was retained.
After its initial brief blaze of "movie palace" glory in the 1930's, this remarkable auditorium suffered three decades of neglect and decline until its rescue by the Oakland Symphony, the City of Oakland and numerous private donors. The building was purchased by the Board of Directors of the Oakland Symphony Orchestra Association in 1972. A painstaking and authentic restoration was completed in 1973 and the theatre was entered in the National Register of Historic Places on August 14th of that year.
In 1975 the City of Oakland, the present owner, assumed ownership from the Oakland Symphony Orchestra Association. The Paramount Theatre became a California Registered Historic Landmark in 1976, and on May 5, 1977, was declared a National Historic Landmark.
Restored to its original splendor, meticulously maintained, and fully upgraded to modern technical standards, the Paramount now serves all the arts. The Paramount Theatre is the home of the Oakland East Bay Symphony and, as one of the San Francisco Bay Area's premiere performing arts facilities, hosts a year-round schedule of popular music concerts, variety shows, theatre, and - of course - movies.
I have attended different events at this venue several times. Every time I am thankful for how organized and polite they are, although there is a large amount of people going, the security line always moves quickly and exiting is also fast. We like parking across the street from the side entrance.
Came here as part of a field trip. Sat in the middle balcony and the acoustics were amazing. They allowed me to immerse myself in the grandeur of the symphony. Not to mention I shared a birthday with the maestro who wished me a happy birthday in the lobby after the symphony. Snacks and champagne were handed out as well.
I’ve come to the Paramount for Micheal Buble George Lopez and last night Chris Rock. This is a beautiful theater inside. We parked at the Kaiser Buildingthey garage a few blocks away. BART is only a block away. Rock allowed no cell phones, they had to be lock bagged. Drinks were $10, not bad. A very tall woman sat in front of me and blocked my view so had to sit leaning to watch the show. Otherwise we loved the venue and the show.
The Paramount Theater is one of Oaklands treasures. Everyone who goes in is looking around in awe of its art-deco interior. My only complaint is the seats are a little soft and you kinda sink down a little too low .
Great Art Deco concert house. Great music. Great diversity. And Mozart!