Oakland Photo Theater

1532 Broadway,
Oakland, CA 94612

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1918 article on the Kinema

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The Oakland Photo Theater, constructed by the H.C. Capwell company, opened in 1912. A short-lived venue, it was renamed Kinema in 1917, but closed later that year.

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gsmurph on March 21, 2007 at 6:36 pm

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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 15, 2011 at 11:07 am

The March, 1917, issue of the Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s house organ, Pacific Service Magazine, featured an article about the Kinema Theatre, with one photo. The house had reopened as the Kinema on January 27, 1917, under the management of Emil Kehrlein.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 28, 2011 at 9:19 am

It looks as though either this Kinema was operating after 1917, or there was a second Kinema in Oakland. This web page features a number of theater cards advertising both the Kinema and the Franklin theaters. Only one card, from 1917, gives the location of the Kinema, but the fact that so many list both the Kinema and the Franklin indicates that the whole set came from Oakland (there is also one card from the T& D Theatre,) and they are dated as late as 1920.

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