Gateway Theatre

5812 San Pablo Avenue,
Oakland, CA 94608

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AndrewBarrett on April 24, 2014 at 8:02 pm

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?


xsallnow on January 7, 2014 at 11:20 pm

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

gsmurph on March 21, 2007 at 1:22 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.

gsmurph on November 20, 2004 at 11:51 am

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

gsmurph on April 25, 2004 at 11:40 am

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

gsmurph on November 4, 2003 at 12:33 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.