Gateway Theatre

5812 San Pablo Avenue,
Oakland, CA 94608

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Opened as the Golden State Theatre in 1926. It was renamed Gateway Theatre in 1936.

Contributed by William Gabel

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gsmurph
gsmurph on November 4, 2003 at 6:33 pm

The Gateway (originally Golden State) has long been home to the Star Bethel Church. In the late 1970’s, an expansion of the front entrance eliminated the facade of the building; however, outer traces of the auditorium (though punctured by church windows) remain intact.

gsmurph
gsmurph on April 25, 2004 at 5:40 pm

The Golden State opened on February 13, 1926; it became the Gateway in 1936.

gsmurph
gsmurph on November 20, 2004 at 5:51 pm

The Gateway’s current function should be “Church.”

gsmurph
gsmurph on March 21, 2007 at 6:22 pm

The Gateway’s original architect was Mark T. Jorgensen; a 1938 facade update was done by Alaxander A. Cantin. Its architectual style was Italian Renaissance.

xsallnow
xsallnow on January 8, 2014 at 5:20 am

The Gateway was a nice theater that drew from North Oakland, Emeryville and South Berkeley.
Remember seeing Sirocco there around 1951.

AndrewBarrett
AndrewBarrett on April 25, 2014 at 2:02 am

According to the “Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ” by David L. Junchen, pg. 628, the Golden State (Gateway) Theatre in Oakland had a two-manual, seven-rank Smith organ, with roll player, installed in 1926.

Does anybody know where it went, or if it’s still there in the church?

Thanks!

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