Piedmont Theatre

4186 Piedmont Avenue,
Oakland, CA 94611

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AndrewBarrett on April 24, 2014 at 6:22 pm

According to “The Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ” by David L. Junchen, pg. 628, the Piedmont Theatre in Oakland had a Seeburg-Smith theatre pipe organ installed in 1920. The book does not give the # of manuals or # of ranks for this organ.

The organ’s blower serial # was 1181, and it was a 2 horsepower blower delivering 10" of air pressure.

The book also claims that the theatre opened as the “Kadie Hilber Theatre”. I’m not sure what to make of that!

Does anybody know what happened to this organ?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 25, 2013 at 2:44 pm

The June, 1934, issue of The Architect & Engineer had this item about the remodeling of the Piedmont Theatre:

“Extensive alterations and additions are to be made to the Piedmont Theater, Oakland, from plans by A. A. Cantin, 557 Market Street, San Francisco. About $10,000 will be expended on the improvements, which will be in charge of A. J. Hopper.”

kencmcintyre on April 4, 2009 at 8:03 pm

There is a 1984 photo on this site:

Oakboy on November 19, 2004 at 1:45 am

Chuck, the streets of Piedmont are not in the city of Piedmont. That area is actually Oakland. Being an Oaklander, I just wanted to set you straight. Just like Rockridge, Montclare village and the Claremont hotel are actually in the city of Oakland.

gsmurph on May 30, 2004 at 8:20 am

The New Piedmont (its original name) opened on September 15, 1917; the opening feature was “Two Little Imps.” Status should be changed to “Open,” as the theater still operates today, even after various alterations.

gsmurph on November 20, 2003 at 3:40 am

The Piedmont is actually a 1934 remodeling of a 1917 theater. Originally single-screened, it fell victim to changing trends and was plexed in the mid-1980’s (one of the last single-screens, at least in the Bay Area, to do so).

ChuckVanBibber on October 23, 2003 at 9:24 pm

Hope this is of some benefit to all interested in this theatre. The info is taken from the Landmark Website.
3 Screens, Operated by Landmark Theatres since 1994. The historic Piedmont tTheatre is located in the quaint Piedmont neighborhood, five blocks from the World-famous Mountain View Cemetery. Constructed in the early 1920’s, the Piedmont is one of the Bar Area’s last standing movie palaces from the early 20th Century and features the finest in independent film, foreign language cinema and the occaisional Hollywood favorite. During the 1920’s, a pipe organ played before each show, with vocal accompaniment. This organ, while no longer active, can be seen in the Piedmont’s main auditorium.
Don’t forget to stroll the streets of Piedmont before or after the show where fine dinning and shopping opportunities abound. The famous Fenton’s Ice Cream Parlor is jest two blocks away.