Cine 7 Theatre

3814 MacArthur Boulevard,
Oakland, CA 94619

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Old Oakland Laurel Theatre

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The Laurel Theatre opened in March of 1939. It closed and reopened as Cine 7, and closed again about 1984.

It was converted into church, is now a branch of Victory Outreach.

In January 2016 it was announced by the Historic Preservation planner that the building was available for relocation, and a new project will be coming to this location. The building will be torn down unless someone would like to move it. For further information contact Dax Cheshier (214-629-6129) or e-mail

Contributed by Garrett Murphy

Recent comments (view all 24 comments)

gsmurph on September 19, 2005 at 6:18 pm

One note of trivia about the Laurel’s vertical: When it became the Cine 7, the reel of film was replaced by an asterisk.

jakeessl on May 30, 2006 at 4:15 pm

A recent photo of the building as the Victory Outreach:

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jakeessl on May 30, 2006 at 4:15 pm

A recent photo of the building as the Victory Outreach:

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scottfavareille on February 1, 2007 at 2:30 pm

Just went on the market today for $1,999,999 Still used as “Victory Outreach” church. Sq ft of building is 10,376 # of parking spaces is 27. Listing agent is Benjamin Mohr at (925) 820-9911

terrywade on August 17, 2007 at 4:16 pm

Someone needs to bring back the Laurel Theatre. The area doesn’t have any movie theatres. Bring in the guys that run the El Cerrito and have food,drinks and movies. Across the streets sits the old Hopkins, another old Oakland neighborhood house that has been many things since it’s movie days. Bring back Mrs A to manage the New Laurel. Is she still around. A real class manager for the UA circuit. Always had a flower in her hair, says my friend Ed Jacklich who worked for her in the late 60’s.

kencmcintyre on March 14, 2009 at 2:08 am

Here is an April 1964 ad from the Oakland Tribune:

gsmurph on March 17, 2009 at 12:45 am

Victory Outreach has left the former Cine 7; the new occupant is called the Dominion Christian Center.

Bobbt37 on August 24, 2013 at 12:01 pm

I just moved into the Maxwell Park area, attending Fremont High in the 50’s and a neighbor asked me if I wanted to go to the movies with him and the rest of the guys. That was the first time I went to the Laurel Theater. It was around 1953. We moved around Oakland a lot. From downtown to East Oakland.

xsallnow on July 16, 2014 at 10:52 pm

I saw “The Girl Can’t Help It” at the Laurel in 1957. I think the co-feature was “Dino” with Sal Mineo. Does anyone remember that? A nice neighborhood theater.

mlind on August 1, 2015 at 10:31 pm

When I was at Mills College (1962-66), this was the closest theater. We could walk to it.

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