Dimond Theatre

3422 Fruitvale Avenue,
Oakland, CA 94602

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Dimond Theater Oakland California

The New Dimond Egyptian Theatre was opened August 18, 1926 with Aileen Pringle in “The Wilderness Woman” plus vaudeville on the stage. It was operated by West Coast Theatres. It was still open in 1950.

Contributed by William Gabel

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gsmurph on August 14, 2006 at 8:48 am

In answer to a question asked by Gary Parks a long while ago, I recall that shortly after Smart & Final had opened in the former Rivoli in Berkeley, Lucky’s (the occupier of the former Dimond at the time) did a sizable renovation of its store which involved opening up its ceiling dirung construction. I visited the store during that renovation and looked up at the opened-up ceiling hoping to find some hidden artifacts (if you will). Unfortunately I spotted not an inch of one; I suspect that unlike the Rivoli, which never had a really big market chain comparable to Lucky or Safeway (or “LuckSafe” as aficionados of the late lamented Co-Op often dubbed the two) in it at any time as a supermarket (and perhaps that market could only afford to gut what little they “absolutely HAD to”), the Dimond had the misfortune to be taken over by a major supermarket and hence, was gutted completely to accomodate Lucky’s “needs.”

GaryParks on March 25, 2008 at 2:11 pm

I have since gone into Crazy John’s myself to see if anything was left of the Dimond interior, and indeed, gsmurph is correct. There is nothing to see save steel roof trusses and the wood underside of the roof surface.

pdossetti on April 6, 2008 at 9:18 pm

I have an October 31, 1931 Souvenier Program from a theatre opening in Merced CA which lists the Dimond Theatre as being part of the Golden State Theatre Corporation’s chain at that time. The program lists M. Rosenberg as being the manager of the Dimond.

kencmcintyre on June 11, 2008 at 3:03 pm

There are photos of two Farmer Joe’s on the store site. One of them may be the old theater:

kencmcintyre on June 11, 2008 at 4:29 pm

That means the theater is the largest of the two stores on the website. I thought maybe it was the smaller one.

celaniasdawn on February 7, 2011 at 10:45 am

Only went to the Diamond twice. Each time we went, there was hardly anybody in there. It seemed to play pictures there that no one was interested in seeing, all the popular films showed at the Laurel, Fruitvale and Fairfax. We used to go to Junes Lone Star for hamburgers and shakes, then to a movie afterwards. Everytime we looked at the paper to decide where to go, we always skipped the Diamond because it was also just too expensive to get inside. No one seemed to miss it when it closed. I went to Cannucks on the corner to get a magnavox record player, and they were remodeling the diamond for the new Lucky supermarket. The side door was open so I walked inside to peek and looked up and all I remember seeing were steel girders, then this man came to me and asked me to leave. It didn’t look like anything was saved in there.

gsmurph on November 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.

robertcampbell on December 21, 2013 at 11:33 am

http://oaklandwiki.org/Dimond_Theater (meant to post the link and not the photo)

rivest266 on August 3, 2018 at 1:44 pm

This opened on August 18th, 1926. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

William L. Coale, Ph.D.
William L. Coale, Ph.D. on January 31, 2020 at 9:07 am

For theatre organ and George Wright fans, this theatre’s organ is significant. It was purchased by and installed in the home of GW’s good friend Robert “Sonny” Winborn, who was involved with Home Federal Savings, which was to eventually sponsor a GW radio show played on the Pasadena (Leslie) Studio Wurlitzer…the core of which was this Wurlitzer from the Dimond Theatre.

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