Parkway Theatre

1834 Park Boulevard,
Oakland, CA 94606

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Interior of the Parkway (downstairs stage)

Originally a single screen movie theatre which opened September 23, 1925 with Reginald Denny in “I’ll Show You the Town” & Larry Semon in “Kid Speed”. It has a Spanish Renaissance style exterior and the interior is in Egyptian and East Indian styles. Seating is in a stadium plan, with a raised stepped section at the rear of the auditorium rather than the usual balcony. In later years it became a suburban art house cinema, twinned, and served beers and pizzas.

Sadly closed on March 22, 2009. In April 2019 it was announced it would reopen in 2020 as a marijuana dispensary, which will also feature movies, concerts and special events.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

Recent comments (view all 30 comments)

scottfavareille on May 20, 2009 at 8:08 am

The Cerrito Theater is now closed as well according to the Contra Costa Times.

CSWalczak on May 28, 2009 at 3:44 pm

According to this article in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Parkway may reopen:
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CSWalczak on October 20, 2010 at 2:38 pm

An effort has been launched to sort of reincarnate at least the spirit of this theater in a new location: View link

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 20, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Great pictures and newspaper ads.

LBorg on February 12, 2011 at 8:04 pm

My Uncle Lawrence Borg, was one of the owners of this theatre, purchasing it in 1926, and selling it in 1931.

LBorg on February 12, 2011 at 8:05 pm Local group in Oakland trying to re open the parkway

CSWalczak on October 27, 2012 at 11:42 pm

This theater is going to sort of be “reincarnated” at a new location on 24th Street in the Uptown district in a former factory. View article

wc on November 12, 2014 at 3:10 pm

I loved the old Parkway Theater. I ran the projectors there in the early 1980’s It’s a lovely building. Unfortunately we got a lot of thugs and one of my friends, Leslie Martin, was murdered there. That was before they set up the movies and pizza arrangement. I used to climb all over the inside of that place. Especially into the old organ loft above the screen in the old main theater. I wonder what happened to the Wurlitzer organ that used to be there?

robertcampbell on April 20, 2019 at 6:50 am

Good News! According to today’s San Francisco Chronicle, the Parkway will be re-opening as a marijuana dispensary which will include movies and “notoriously stoner friendly” events such as art shows, and concerts. It is said that the theater will reopen on or before January 2020.

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