Grand Lake Theatre

3200 Grand Avenue,
Oakland, CA 94610

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Logan5
Logan5 on September 24, 2014 at 10:10 am

“The Rocketeer” was presented at the Grand Lake (#3) in 70mm 6-Track Dolby Stereo beginning on the film’s nationwide opening day Friday June 21, 1991.

hdtv267
hdtv267 on March 20, 2013 at 2:19 am

The Grand Lake made the 2013 A-List as one of the best Indie Cinemas in the Bay Area

http://sf.cityvoter.com/best/indie-cinema/arts-and-entertainment/bay-area/slideshow?page=2

hdtv267
hdtv267 on March 14, 2013 at 9:36 am

Outstanding photos, Ian. Well done!

Ian
Ian on March 14, 2013 at 2:42 am

Two photos from 2000 of the interior of the larger screen with the ornate curtains in place.

GRAND LAKE

GRAND LAKE

stevenj
stevenj on September 23, 2012 at 2:01 pm

New photos (some of the interior downstairs auditorium) taken yesterday.

hdtv267
hdtv267 on September 1, 2012 at 7:13 am

The great Grand lake made it to number 4 of this list of Bay Area theaters. I’d rate it number 1 if we were going on marquees only…

http://blogs.sfweekly.com/exhibitionist/2012/08/top_10_bay_area_movie_theaters.php?page=2

Mikeyisirish
Mikeyisirish on August 5, 2012 at 6:11 pm

A 2012 photo can be seen here.

CaptVonKrapp
CaptVonKrapp on November 3, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Hurrah for the Grand Lake supporting the General Strike!

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on July 12, 2010 at 10:34 pm

An article about the Grand Lake and its determined owner from the San Francisco Chronicle’s website: View link

darquil
darquil on April 24, 2010 at 11:48 pm

I’ve posted information and photos from two recent visits:
1/15/2010
3/3/2010

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on April 20, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Thank you, Chuck, for an absolutely FABULOUS PHOTOGRAPH. It’s the best I’ve seen since joining CT a long time ago!

How about the recently restored awesome Oakland Fox in/outside please?

Other photographers PLEASE take regarding the above note and let’s get some totally different angles as well as some interior shots, too!

darquil
darquil on March 6, 2010 at 11:10 am

Maximum occupancy signs above each auditorium door currently list the following:
1. Downstairs: 626.
2. Upstairs: 449.
3. Egyptian: 235.
4. Moorish: 161.
That puts the total seating at 1471.

Eric
Eric on January 18, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Recently went and there is a new gold curtain in the main auditorium. It looks terrible. :–( What happened to the other (red) curtain?

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 26, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Here is a photo from around the time of the opening:
http://tinyurl.com/nxravg

bago1
bago1 on April 29, 2009 at 4:16 am

the grand lake theater is trully a cinama treasure in oakland i’ve been coming here since i was about 10 years old . first time i came here was to see transformers the movie in a morning matinee i’ve seen so many movies here i lost count to many to name the last movie i seen here was in 2007 to see ironically the transfomers motin picture .. i like the 2 theaters that have balconys the main theater is also great with the wulitzer organist to entertain you .and the former main theater balcony turned theater up stairs is also hella cool i have so many memorys at the grand lake like any true oaklander should i hope this theater never fades away …..

ps the political messages on the marquee are kinda rediculous at times but kinda cool very unique btw i’m a democrat ….

vclamp
vclamp on April 7, 2009 at 8:28 pm

The Grand Lake Theater from the outside on the night of March 26th, 2009.
View link

The staff was pleased to take care of the local treasure. It was well maintained, and the presentation was good.

mcmikecroaro
mcmikecroaro on January 27, 2009 at 9:38 pm

Hi Folks:

Thought I would mention that the theatre has newly installed carpet. It’s a great improvemnt over the old worn out carpet.

Mike

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on January 22, 2009 at 1:16 pm

That is a good point. I hadn’t thought about it from a publicity standpoint.

But I still think it’s silly. I would find a different way to grab headlines if I were running the show.

Anyway Brian, I’m pretty sure the owner isn’t going to take my opinion into consideration.

Broan
Broan on January 22, 2009 at 8:20 am

Yeah, at that time they said they had discontinued that practice. I don’t see anything wrong with it. It’s his business, let him run it as he pleases. The theater’s gotten a lot of publicity as a result. The rest of my Grand Lake set is here: View link I’m rather proud of my interiors (although I’m not terribly fond of the paint finishes they used)

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on January 22, 2009 at 7:32 am

A photo of the Grand Lake without an inflammatory political message on the right side of the marquee. I wonder why the off day?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bwchicago/2771991915/

Eric
Eric on January 13, 2009 at 7:14 pm

The Grand Lake is in a very democratic part of town. A Republican probably wouldn’t be caught dead walking in the ‘hood. LOL.

Ziggy
Ziggy on January 13, 2009 at 12:26 pm

I don’t get it. It says the national nightmare is almost over, yet the inaugeration is just a week away. Shouldn’t it say it’s just about to start??

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on January 13, 2009 at 11:29 am

This guy is worse than the old Soviet Union.

I don’t understand why he thinks it is good business to offend people on the marquee, unless he’s so rich that it doesn’t matter to him if the theatre makes money or not. There is a very good reason why conventional wisdom says not to discuss politics.

I know California is very liberal. But there are still enough Republicans out there. Most hard-core Republicans I know would turn around and walk back to their car if they saw that.

MPol
MPol on November 7, 2008 at 8:14 pm

First of all, even though I don’t live in California, much less Oakland, that theatre’s another fantastic-looking theatre, inside and out.

Secondly, now that Bush and his Republican Administration will be out of office come late January 2009, I wonder if they’ll start playing more of the great, old classics in addition to the crappy stuff that gets played reglarly at these antiseptic-looking multiplex cinemas across the country. The old movie palaces that’re left should concentrate more on great older classic films.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on November 7, 2008 at 7:26 pm

They really need to relax. I don’t like Bush & Cheney either. But this is just silly.