Century 8 Oakland

8201 Oakport Street,
Oakland, CA 94621

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This dome-shaped theater was built in the late-1960’s 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 and became known as Century 21 and 22. It was subsequently further divided into several more theaters.

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

Contributed by Garrett Murphy

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JasonBalch
JasonBalch on December 8, 2003 at 3:57 pm

As stated above, this Theatre disappeared almost overnight. I’d been there several times, and was suprised to find it gone. In standard Century Theatres fashion, the site was razed and abandoned, remaining undeveloped since it’s demolition. Only the parking lots and entrance roads remain, along with a cyclone fence encircling the property.

Located less than 1 mile from the former Coliseum Drive-in, also long gone.

bruceanthony
bruceanthony on February 28, 2004 at 10:51 pm

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 12:35 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 1:16 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 5:47 pm

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

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on June 7, 2007 at 8:22 pm

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 6:48 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 5:30 pm

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

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