Central Cinema

842 Central Avenue,
Alameda, CA 94501

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This theater opened in around 2004, a conversion of a former funeral home.

The Central Cinema was closed June 29, 2008.

Contributed by Garrett Murphy

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Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on January 18, 2005 at 10:15 am

This guy has balls and my hat’s off to him. He is running mainstream recent releases in a little 42 seat theater and getting hassled like he is running a porn operation! A series of unfortunate events indeed! Obviously a lover of film and I wish him nothing but success. His little place will be no competition to a multiplex and would probably work the other way around.

GaryParks
GaryParks on January 18, 2005 at 1:43 pm

I don’t have any information on the planned downtown multiplex they’re talking about here, but I’m hoping it’s the plan which was batted about years ago which would include restoration of the very-intact art deco Alameda Theatre.

REgarding the little independent theatre…more power to him!

wanderinstar
wanderinstar on May 31, 2005 at 8:20 am

I find this is very frustrating….how do you find out what movies are showing there if it isn’t posted? I don’t see a phone number to call either. If you are going to show movies, shouldn’t you POST them to this site?

thisisnotmyname
thisisnotmyname on June 3, 2005 at 10:40 am

Attorney Barbara Thomas needs to be disbarred for temporay insanity. Apparently she stalled a zoning decision last minute by the City Planners by introducing a 175 page environmental analysis…..yeah you read it right 175 page environmental analysis ??!!

All this for a small boutique Theatre?

Huh….yeah I’ve heard the the fumes from the popcorn popper has killed a couple kids enjoying the matinees.

gsmurph
gsmurph on March 26, 2006 at 1:11 am

Central Cinema’s “Chain” should be listed as “Independent.”

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 5, 2006 at 7:09 pm

Here is one reviewer’s opinion of the theater:
http://www.alamedadailynews.com/

scottfavareille
scottfavareille on April 2, 2008 at 11:10 am

Excellent article appeared in this past Monday’s San Francisco Chronicle. The place is still open, was showing “Horton Hears A Who”. Basically run by one man, who acts as ticket seller, concession stand worker, & projectionist! Admission is $8 for adults.

The article did state that he did work things out with the city of Alameda & that the theater is making a profit.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 6, 2008 at 4:16 am

An exterior photo can be seen HERE.

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