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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.


Yessenia Lazo

Monday, June 4, 2018
To be Honest, its another magical fancy place. Will love to come often to watch concerts and musicals. Definitely recommended for the entire family. Be aware there's a lot of stairs. Wear comfortable clothing. Convenient location, closed to Restaurant, Gym and Stores. Enjoy!

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.

Andrew Richardson

Sunday, June 10, 2018
I have been to the paramount theater 7 times for graduations. They have got a great system in place that allows for quick seating and easy exit. All seats have great views of the entire stage and the sound is excellent for hearing speakers. The seats are very comfortable and itting for over 3 hours does not cause restlessness or pain. The parking can be difficult depending on the time of day but there are a few options around the corner with paid lots. They keep the temperature very cozy and would recommend leaving the jackets at home unless you normally run cold.

Brent Shinn

Monday, June 4, 2018
An exceptional theatre! I love seeing shows here and some of the coolest one-off type shows have been here: Chris Cornell with a cellist, Jon Legend with just a piano. I could keep going... Always immaculate and clean.

Nicholas Vonella

Thursday, June 7, 2018
Old venue. It's kinda dingy but has alot of character. I would go back. Parking is really tough and can be annoying. I do not know how save the overall area but we didn't have an issue. Get there early. The line was very big but it moved quickly.

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