Star Theatre

717 Market Street,
Oakland, CA 94607

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gsmurph
gsmurph on November 11, 2003 at 7:41 pm

The Star opened as the Marquee in 1916, became the Arabian in 1930, and became the Star in 1937; it closed in 1962 and was subsequently demolished.

gsmurph
gsmurph on September 19, 2004 at 6:51 pm

Status should be “Closed?Demolished.”

gsmurph
gsmurph on September 19, 2004 at 6:52 pm

OOPS—-I meant “Closed/Demolished!”

bago1
bago1 on April 30, 2005 at 12:45 pm

i,ve been studying the history of mexicans in oakland and i recently found out from old timers from this neighborhood that this theater began showing mexican movies around world war 2 all the way till it closed down i actually have a poster that i found at the oakland library that proves this the poster ses it plays mexican movies of such old shool artist like pedro infante and jorge negrette this area were this theater once stood used to be a mexican neighborhood

maradan33
maradan33 on May 6, 2006 at 4:49 am

In 1956 when my family and I immigrated to Oakland from Mexico we lived at the hotel above the Star Theatre. It featured great movies from “La Epoca de Oro” with stars like Pedro Infante and Dolores Del Rio. It also had live performers like Miguel Aceves Mejia appearing in concert. They had bingo and toy raffles during Xmas. It closed not too long after that and business went to the Plaza Theatre just south of Lake Merritt. I remember my friend Greg and I(Lowell Jr. High students) roaming inside the vacant and dilapidated building around ‘62 or '63. I saw the theatre’s sign in front of an upholstery business on E-14th around 45th or 46th avenue years and years later, I believe its gone now. Does anyone remember the name the name of that hotel? It had bothered me for years. Thanks, Angel

bago1
bago1 on May 21, 2008 at 3:46 am

heres a picture of the old star theater
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heres a poster advertisement for the star

bago1
bago1 on May 21, 2008 at 3:47 am

heres a picture of the old star theater
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heres a poster advertisement for the star
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