Gateway Theatre

5812 San Pablo Avenue,
Oakland, CA 94608

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AndrewBarrett
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?

Thanks!

xsallnow
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
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
gsmurph on November 20, 2004 at 11:51 am

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

gsmurph
gsmurph on April 25, 2004 at 11:40 am

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

gsmurph
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.