Cinema 1

255 West MacArthur Boulevard,
Oakland, CA 94611

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This theater opened in the mid-1960’s as part of the MacArthur-Broadway shopping center and was a rather spacious and surprisingly plush theater.

It was subsequently renamed Cinema 1, but closed somewhat abruptly in 1977. It was eventually absorbed by the shopping center for expansion (though the restrooms were incorporated into the center).

It was demolished in August 2009.

Contributed by Garrett Murphy

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gsmurph
gsmurph on November 9, 2003 at 2:05 am

Theatre 70 was the original name of the Cinema 1.

scottfavareille
scottfavareille on November 11, 2003 at 1:22 pm

It was named the Cinema 70 because they showed first run engagements in 70mm format in the 1960’s.

bruceanthony
bruceanthony on January 27, 2004 at 1:02 am

This was a very plush theatre when it opened. It was called Theatre 70 and was the first theatre built near downtown in 30 years. I saw Love Story there in 1970 and it played for a very long run. It was built for exclusive runs and when booking patterns changed to wide release the theatre went into decline as well as the shopping center it was in. Brucec

AndyT
AndyT on February 16, 2004 at 6:24 am

This was a great house (at least for its era). Among others, I remember seeing The Graduate here.

gsmurph
gsmurph on June 18, 2004 at 4:59 am

Cinema 1’s address was 255 West MacArthur Boulevard.

gsmurph
gsmurph on September 8, 2009 at 4:59 pm

The former MacArthur-Broadway Shopping Center is being leveled (and has been in stages) for some time now, after a long period of dormancy at least part of which it was used by Kaiser Permanente. Recently that demolition extended to the section where the Cinema 1 once stood. So officially, the Cinema 1 has been demolished.

celaniasdawn
celaniasdawn on April 5, 2011 at 9:21 am

when the theater opened as the Theater 70, I wondered if the theater would survive. It was very plush inside, with red velvet walls, thick carpeting. It had a elegance, that was unusual for the neighborhood. I’d say about 6 to 7 blocks away, the neighborhood was rough, with drug dealing and prostitution. It hit the news in the early 70’s that the crime was so bad that extra patrols were being added. By the time it changed to the Cinema 1, crime finally reached the theater area and the shopping mall, to the point that no one even wanted to go to the neighborhood. Cars were being stolen, broken into.

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