Bay Theater

1206 Lincoln Avenue,
Alameda, CA 94501

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An Alameda neighborhood theater with various names and management, starting with R.C. Fendon, and continuing with Bay Station Theater, Lincoln Theater, Studio Theater, and Bay Theater.

The Bay Theater appears to be a relic of the nickelodeon erea, and opened prior to 1916. It is a long and narrow building sandwiched between other early Twentieth century commercial structures. It is rather far removed from the cluster of theatres in Alameda’s main downtown to the South, and is comfortably far from the site of the Neptune Theatre at the extreme North end of Alameda to have likely served its local neighborhood audience for many years.

There is a simple Neo-Classical style cornice atop the otherwise plain one story-facade. A trapezoidal marquee canopy structure and soffit still remain from the 1930’s or later, but there has long been a canvas awning attached above the soffit where there was once a marquee. Below the overhang is a plain, conventional retail entrance. It is listed in the 1941-1943 editions of Film Daily Yearbook as the Lincoln Theater (Closed), and in the 1949-1951 Film Daily Yearbooks as operating as the Bay Theater in those years. Presumably it had been operating throughout decades before this.

Contributed by Garrett Murphy, Gary Parks

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gsmurph
gsmurph on May 11, 2006 at 4:45 am

This is now a church.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 26, 2007 at 12:57 am

I don’t think it’s a church any longer. This is a yoga place:

Alameda Branch of Bikrams
1206 Lincoln Ave
Alameda, CA 94501

GaryParks
GaryParks on March 16, 2012 at 1:40 am

In the Google photo above, you can see the little facade of this theatre, with cornice at the top. The trapezoidal frame of the marquee can still be seen in use, reduced to being the support structure for an awning.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 18, 2013 at 4:22 am

The Bay Station Theatre is listed at 1206 Lincoln in the 1916 Polk-Husted Oakland-Berkeley-Alameda city directory. The directory also lists a Lincoln Theatre, with the location given as Lincoln av west of Bay. As Lincoln is listed here as an aka for the Bay Station, I don’t know if that means that this theater was listed in the directory twice that year under two different names, or if they were two different theaters.

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