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Paramount Theatre Of The Arts

2025 Broadway

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.


Anna Burns

Monday, March 26, 2018
What a beautiful theater! We saw the Pop Up magazine show here. Parking was somewhat a challenge but that is par for the course in this area. It's pretty close to some good eats. Also the downstairs lounge and bathroom area is absolutely gorgeous. What a well preserved building. Loved it. The seats could maybe use an update, but also exiting the theater was incredibly easy.

Allora Domani

Sunday, April 15, 2018
This Theatre built in the 1920's is absolutely beautiful, stunning actually! We were fortunate to be there for the Charlie Wilson concert and the acoustics were astounding. I would love to come back to this theatre again, it is fabulous. Tours are offered on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month, the architecture is amazing!!!

LaTonya McPherson

Sunday, May 20, 2018
Came into town for Fred Hammond & company #TextureofaMan tour. I Was treated line royalty by the Paramount staff; especially, the beautiful kind woman who escorted me from the box office to coat check and then made sure i got to the right place for my seat. Thank you for the hospitality!

Royce Chan

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Gorgeous venue. Went there for an old movie viewing (Maltese Falcon) and had a great time. Amazing pre-show entertainment.

Midori Pinillos

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Beautiful theater with well maintained facilities. I couldn't help it but look up and to the sides several times to take in the beautiful architecture

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