Grand Lake Theatre

3200 Grand Avenue,
Oakland, CA 94610

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Donald John Long
Donald John Long on November 18, 2002 at 6:52 pm

This and the Paramount Theatre are the two grandest and most glorious cinema palaces in all of Oakland, and surrounding cities.

I’ll never forget going to see the premiere of “E.T.” here in 1982, when the manager, Allan Mischaun (excuse me if it’s misspelled!) was promoting Spielberg’s movie on John Stanley’s “Creature Features” TV show on KTVU Channel 2. I’ve since gone back whenever I’m in the Oakland area to enjoy its plush lobby, grand staircases up to the balcony, and overall cinema ambience, so much lacking in theaters today.

FloydPerryJr on December 10, 2001 at 7:27 pm

There used to be a time when you can see a movie on the Big main screen from the balcony but today that is another auditorium. I am not against adding more screens by building an adjacent auditorium but I am against altering any part of the main original auditorium.

HenryandJeremy on August 27, 2001 at 4:47 pm

The Grand Lake Theatre is a jewel!!! It never fails to delight me everytime I drive by it on my way home. Like the exterior facade, the interior is another beautiful sight to behold. Every that plays there is good simply because the experience is so rewarding.

sjshappee on August 4, 2001 at 3:07 am

The Grand Lake is still the best theatre in Oakland. On Saturday nights, in the big downstairs theatre, they still play the ‘Mighty Wurlitzer’ – it’s a great theatre!

TomDavis on June 17, 2001 at 1:32 pm

I lived in Oakland for years and attended the Grand Lake many, many times when it was still a single-screen operation. On one occasion I had the privilege of playing its renowned pipe organ.

The huge sign is spectacular and dominates the neighborhood.