Century 8 Oakland

8201 Oakport Street,
Oakland, CA 94621

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Century 8 Oakland

This dome-shaped theater was opened as the Century 21 Theatre October 29, 1968 with Clark Gable in “Gone With the Wind” and was a definite if unofficial landmark off the Hegenberger Road exit off Highway 17 (now I-880).

Originally a single-screen seating 960, it was split in half on April 4, 1973 and became known as Century 21 and 22. Iin 1984 it became a four-plex and in 1988 it converted to 8 screens.

At some point about the late-1990’s, however, it rather abruptly disappeared.

Contributed by Garrett Murphy

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bruceanthony
bruceanthony on February 29, 2004 at 3:51 am

The Century 21 opened with the 1967 reserved seat engagement of the 70mm release of Gone with The Wind. It was only a nice theatre when it was a single screen not after the twinning and building additional screens. The Port of Oakland wanted the land that is why the theatre dissapeared.brucec

gsmurph
gsmurph on April 25, 2004 at 5:35 pm

The Century 21 seated 960 people when it was a single-screen theater. During its construction, a time capsule was reportedly placed within it to be opened on January 1, 2000, the first day of the 21st century for which it was named. (But obviously this one didn’t quite make it; wonder what became of that capsule???????)

jasononbass
jasononbass on May 15, 2004 at 6:16 pm

Drove by the former site yesterday, and the once-abandoned lot is now under development. The trucks and bulldozers are hard at work on what I hope isn’t another godawful strip mall.

scottfavareille
scottfavareille on August 30, 2004 at 10:47 pm

Unfortunately, it appears to be another strip-mall. Good luck.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on June 8, 2007 at 1:22 am

Former site is now occupied by a Wal-Mart strip mall.

Vincent Raney is the architect of this building.

terrywade
terrywade on August 9, 2007 at 11:48 pm

To bad Ray Syufy got money hungrey and split many of his Domes down the middle. Leaking sound, seats going the wrong way. It was a mess. At least he didn’t split the flagship The Century 21 in San Jose.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on March 24, 2010 at 9:30 pm

This was actually an 8-plex when it closed and was called simply Century 8 Oakland. Century 21 & 22 should be an AKA.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 10, 2018 at 11:33 pm

This opened on October 29th, 1968. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 17, 2018 at 10:47 pm

2 screens on April 4th, 1973, 3 in 1982, 4 in 1984, 8 in 1988.

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