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gsmurph commented about New Peralta Theatre on Mar 29, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Went by there recently on the bus and repair/renovation work seemed to be occurring (FINALLY!). Not sure if it’ll be a church again though.

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gsmurph commented about Cinema-Guild and Studio on Dec 8, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Sadly, the Sequoia Apartments, the building housing the former Cinema Guild was gutted by a several-alarm fire in November 2011 and was so badly damaged it had to be demolished. The cause was said to be an electrical short in the elevator’s machinery.

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gsmurph commented about Telegraph Repertory Cinema on Nov 22, 2011 at 7:16 pm

It should be noted that the photo above is of the original Telegraph Repertory Cinema (which later became Flickers/Studio Guild), the address shown above is that of the later location, just north of the original.

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gsmurph commented about Dimond Theatre on Nov 14, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Sorry to chime in once more, but the zip code should be 94602 (that may be why the photo’s way off as I mentioned above).

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gsmurph commented about Dimond Theatre on Nov 14, 2011 at 12:39 pm

The above photo is way WAY off; the Dimond is practically on the other end of Fruitvale Avenue (near MacArthur Boulevard), nowhere near Alameda or the drawbridge.

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gsmurph commented about Dimond Theatre on Nov 14, 2011 at 12:36 pm

The theatre’s name was actually “Dimond” (the missing “a” is NOT a typo); it was named for the Dimond neighborhood, which was itself named for Hugh Dimond, an early Oakland political and civic leader.

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gsmurph commented about Northside Theatre on Sep 15, 2011 at 5:59 pm

The Northside is now a restaurant/bar known as the PhoBar.

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gsmurph commented about Elmwood Theatre on Apr 17, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Apparently that vertical was removed at some point during (or at least no later than) the mid-‘60s, for there was none to be found after that.

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gsmurph commented about Rivoli Theatre on Sep 22, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Must point out that the opening contribution by William Gabel mistakenly says “Rialto” rather than “Rivoli.”

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gsmurph commented about Elmwood Theatre on Nov 13, 2009 at 4:42 pm

Not sure if it did as the Strand (as the Elmwood, its name was most often seen at the top of the movie display cases), but it definitely has “Elmwood” on both sides of the marquee as of very recently!

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gsmurph commented about Fruitvale Theatre on Oct 19, 2009 at 5:46 pm

It is the one listed here (not the New Fruitvale, in other words).

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gsmurph commented about Cinema 1 on Sep 8, 2009 at 2:59 pm

The former MacArthur-Broadway Shopping Center is being leveled (and has been in stages) for some time now, after a long period of dormancy at least part of which it was used by Kaiser Permanente. Recently that demolition extended to the section where the Cinema 1 once stood. So officially, the Cinema 1 has been demolished.

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gsmurph commented about UC Theater eyed for concert use on Aug 20, 2009 at 12:50 pm

Good news—-the Zoning Adjustments Board unanimously approved the use permit. Check the “sequel” of sorts at View link

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gsmurph commented about Crown Theater on Mar 23, 2009 at 5:53 pm

Look for it under CINE LATINO, its most recent operating name.

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gsmurph commented about Cine 7 Theater on Mar 16, 2009 at 5:45 pm

Victory Outreach has left the former Cine 7; the new occupant is called the Dominion Christian Center.

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gsmurph commented about Portola Theater on Jan 7, 2009 at 2:51 pm

The Temescal Cafe in the former Portola has closed; the space is now a restaurant called the Mixing Bowl.

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gsmurph commented about New Fruitvale Theater on Aug 16, 2008 at 5:41 pm

…meaning (in other words), the housing replaced the New Fruitvale; the gas station itselfs was adjacent to the theatre for years.

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gsmurph commented about New Fruitvale Theater on Aug 12, 2008 at 2:56 pm

Actually the Shell gas station was adjacent to the New Fruitvale; it was there when the theatre was. Only the housing project replaced it.

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gsmurph commented about Rivoli Theatre on Jun 20, 2008 at 5:48 pm

Good news to report—-the 99-Cent store that’s taken over the Rivoli has kept the interior “remains” that Smart N'Final had uncovered and Longs Drugs had retained.

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gsmurph commented about Coronet Theatre on Oct 8, 2007 at 1:21 pm

Alas, Coronet’s status should be changed to “Closed/Demolished.” Went by there on the way to an event and there was a big hole where it once stood.

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gsmurph on Oct 5, 2007 at 1:17 pm

The photo listed in Bryan Kefft’s link is of the former Avenue/Rialto Theater in Oakland (which was never known as the Pablo). It probably belongs in the listing for that theater.

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gsmurph on Oct 5, 2007 at 1:13 pm

The address listed above is the same as that of the RIALTO (Q.V.). Though that theater originally opened as the Avenue, it was never known as the Pablo. According to the book “Theatres of Oakland,” by Jack Tillmany and Jennifer Dowling, there was a theater on the site prior to the Avenue/Rialto’s construction; possibly that theater was called the Pablo. (Of course, there may well have been a Pablo Theater in San Pablo, whether or not there ever was one by that name in Oakland!)

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gsmurph commented about Alabama Theatre on Jun 20, 2007 at 11:57 am

Another example of a theater’s convesion to a bookstore respectfully is the Varsity in Palo Alto (CA), converted to a Border’s.

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gsmurph commented about Capitol Theater on Apr 28, 2007 at 9:31 am

The Capitol’s architects were the Reid Brothers; it was originally built for Gabriel and Lenore Moulin, who owned a major photographic studio in San Francisco.

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gsmurph commented about Oakland Photo Theater on Mar 21, 2007 at 11:36 am

The Oakland Photo Theater’s architect/planner was Charles W. Dickey (who also designed the Claremont Hotel). It was demolished by Capwell’s in 1922 for a larger commercial building, also since demolished.