Parkway Theatre

1834 Park Boulevard,
Oakland, CA 94606

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wc on November 12, 2014 at 5:10 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?

CSWalczak on October 28, 2012 at 1:42 am

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

LBorg on February 12, 2011 at 10:05 pm Local group in Oakland trying to re open the parkway

LBorg on February 12, 2011 at 10:04 pm

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

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 20, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Great pictures and newspaper ads.

CSWalczak on October 20, 2010 at 4:38 pm

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

CSWalczak on May 28, 2009 at 5:44 pm

According to this article in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Parkway may reopen:
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scottfavareille on May 20, 2009 at 10:08 am

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

kencmcintyre on May 4, 2009 at 8:40 pm

Here is a September 1967 ad from the Oakland Tribune:

kencmcintyre on March 21, 2009 at 9:06 pm

Here is another story about the closing:

kencmcintyre on March 20, 2009 at 12:59 pm

The official site notes the closing date, so status should be changed to closed.

funkyfry on March 20, 2009 at 12:38 pm

Freaking owners didn’t even pay the employees, they just gave them 4 days' notice. Makes me feel bitter after so many great years. Turns out the owner Kyle was a real joker. I don’t even know if I can keep supporting the El Cerrito all things considered.

neeb on March 19, 2009 at 12:45 pm

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Closes on 22 March.

Anyone know what’s going to happen to the building?

funkyfry on June 6, 2008 at 1:58 pm

Great theater, good people — unfortunately Will Viharo is doing his “Thrillville” show exclusively at the El Cerrito Theater, which is owned by the same people now, starting this month. What with the Paramount now closed to movies, is there any place to see classic movies in Oakland? Very sad. But I still love the Parkway, great place to see all the movies you missed while they were in first run.

Rosealle on April 27, 2008 at 12:27 pm

I got my car stolen, parked right across the street from this Theatre. Dingbat box office girl saw me cross the street and buy my ticket, when i walked out and the car was gone, she was asleep! The marquee then looked like the one at the Fairfax. It was a dump then. But very nice now! I went there when it was a single screen. I remember how they used to kick patrons out for smoking on the main floor, it was only allowed in the loge and balcony, but you had to pay another 50 cents to sit up there. The sun dials were pretty, lightly lit when the movie was on. When they closed the loge to make another theatre, I didn’t go as much. Food there now is good.

terrywade on August 9, 2007 at 2:00 am

Does anyone know when the Parkway is to be fixed up? I heard now that they have worked things out on a lease they can start with some touch up. Please put in a good Dolby unit downstairs and up. I don’t want to see a movie I missed first run in Mono sound at the Parkway. They the owners did a great job at the El Cerito. Curtains that work and a great stereo sound system. Check it out. Now it’s time the do the same at Oakland’s Parkway. A former manager friend of mine told me the old owner Mr Foster didn’t have enough plastic letters so he had to go to the Piedmont or the Albany all the time and borrow some letters he was missing. They also oversold the house when it was a first class art house. Lucky the Oakland Fire dept didn’t come in and see many people on the floor blocking exits. If you complained you lost your job. This was in the 60’s. Things are better know at the Parkway. Strange thing the owners don’t advertise what is playing in the Oakland Tribune. But they advertise in the Contra Costa paper many miles away. Did they get mad at the Tribune for a bad review? They miss boxoffice customers by not running a small ad in the Tribune.

gsmurph on January 22, 2005 at 12:48 pm

Nice picture, but the article got the date wrong—-the Parkway wasn’t built until about 1927.

stefoscope on March 1, 2004 at 7:30 pm

Probably Oakland’s funkiest theatre, and certainly one of its most fun! The Parkway is a very cozy neighborhood theatre with a great vibe. Thursday night “Thrillville” is a really fun experience, when exotic, and obscure films are presented on their main screen. Watching a 60s B-movie horror with an appreciative audience, while eating pizza and beer (in a loveseat) is truly something unique. Not to be missed!

RonnieT on February 1, 2004 at 3:23 am

Us kids in the 50’s could see the Saturday Matinee free, with 3 7-UP bottle caps. Only problem was, try'n to find those caps, as it was not quite the “choice of drink”, between us kids. Searched a lot of gutters, etc.!

gsmurph on December 8, 2003 at 6:19 am

The Parkway was very briefly called the Lake Merritt Theater (though the “Parkway” signage remained intact) during about late 1980’s).

William on December 3, 2003 at 9:57 am

The Parkway Theatre seated 1062 people when it was a single screen movie theatre.

bruceanthony on November 8, 2003 at 1:37 am

The second theatre in the Parkway was the old stadium lodge area.I beleive the theate was twinned in the mid 70’s.brucec