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Grand Lake Theatre
Grand Lake Theatre

Grand Lake Theatre

9.432 reviews
Sights and Museums, Shopping, Entertainment, Farmers Market, Movie Theater
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3200 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 452-3556
http://www.renaissancerialto.com/
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The movie theater is beautiful, comfy and traditional. It has a big room where we can see that curtains opened to the nice big screen. That room has nice chandelier making the cozy ... Read more
atmosphere. Btw we can visit the history place where you can see a little bit of history about the movie theater and it’s machines.

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Local from Oakland, California, USA

Gorgeous, vintage theater that's steeped in history. They also often feature Bay Area- specifically Oakland products projects and they do so with such pride! $5 Tuesdays are awesome tooooooooo!

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Local from Oakland, California

The movie theater is beautiful, comfy and traditional. It has a big room where we can see that curtains opened to the nice big screen. That room has nice chandelier making the cozy atmosphere. Btw we can visit the history place where you can see a little bit of history about the movie theater and it’s machines.

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Local from Oakland, California, USA

Historic venue for catching a movie. The interior and design takes you back and will have your jaw dropped down to the floor...before the movie even starts. Tuesday evening they have a special $5 priced tickets!

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San Francisco, California, USA

A true staple of Oakland. Step back in time the moment you walk in and take in a show.

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Local from Oakland, California, USA

a great movie theater. tuesdays are $5 for all movies. before 5pm movies are $6

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Local from Oakland, California, USA

The main movie theater in the Grand Lake Theater is a great historic venue with lots of ornate styling. The location is fabulous as is the famous neon sign. On some days they have $5 movies. Saturday it's across the street from one of my fave farmers markets.

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Washington, D.C., District of Columbia

The line is quick to get in. Also the theaters are very beautifully designed and painted on the inside.

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Local from Berkeley, California

This is an Oakland landmark. It is a classic theater and shows a wide variety of current movies.

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San Francisco, California, USA

This theatre is grand indeed. Definitely not just another venue but one of the top ten vintage theatre in the nation, opened its art deco doors in 1926. It was designed by the Reid Brothers architects for two businessmen: Karski and Kaliski, who signed a 94 year lease, their descendants still own the theatre.
The lobby is decorated with a huge chandelier and displays some gorgeous murals. There is a Main auditorium, a Moorish and an Egyptian one.
Also, there is a row of vintage film cameras in the left hallway for the vintage geek in you. The theatre originally showed silent movies for 40 cents, but it quickly evolved to show “talkies”; nevertheless, it continues to be one of the most affordable theatre in Oakland and the whole East Bay.
Nowadays the Grand Lake is a hub for Oakland culture and community. Besides movies, the theatre hosts events for the locals, and also participates in politics by displaying a timely message on the marquee, to the applause of the community.

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Local from Oakland, California, USA

Go to one of the few remaining movie palaces of the 10930s when a night out at the movies was an events. The Grand Lake Theater was built in 1929 and retains that art deco flair and old time spirit of fun (each theater of which there are 4) has a different theme and feel that will transport you to another world before the movie has a chance to. There's a giant screen downstairs and a slightly smaller one upstairs (with a smaller Ancient Egypt theater and a night sky themed theater on the first floor too). On Friday's you can catch a performance on a Mighty Wurlitzer (old time organ) who plays tunes from movies for the crowd before the show.
Also Thursdays used to have free popcorn (not sure if they still do).
This place is an awesome alternative to any of the dreary multiplexes that you can find in any city in America. The Grand Lake Theater is truly special (you should hear locals glow about it) and is a can't miss for movie buffs.

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Santa Rosa, California

A historical monument, the Grand Lake Theatre is the place to go if you want to see films. It is surrounded by restaurants ranging from Thai to Cuban food. A wonderful way to spend an evening!

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Burns, Kansas

A wonderful local theater with outstanding design .The ONLY place I want to see movies!

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Local from Emeryville, California, USA

Going to a theater like this is refreshing! I love the curtains hiding the screen until it's showtime. I was expecting to pay a premium to watch a movie in a historic theater, but matinees are only $7. Parking nearby is kind of a pain, but not impossible.

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Local from Oakland, California, USA

I haven't gone to this theater in a while, until a couple days ago. We came here to watch Despicable Me 2 in 3D!!!

That i really love about this theatre is that its super spacious, its not usually super crowded, not a lot of ghetto kids running their mouths during the movie, and that old school vibe.

This is definitely an old theater. Some places will smell a bit funky, and the bathrooms can get a bit crazy....(paper EVERYWHERE)...

There aren't a lot of screens, so usually i think there are 5-6 movies playing, and that's nothing compared to Century or AMC.

People here are very friendly.

Matinee is 7 bucks until 5, and 11 afterwards! What a good deal!!

Parking here is a bit crazy as well, so make sure u arrive early. All street parking!

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Local from Oakland, California, USA

Go to the movies in Roaring Twenties style - you're treated to a live performance on their Mighty Wurlitzer organ in the beautiful, art deco main downstairs auditorium on Friday and Saturday nights.

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Local from Oakland

One of my favorite theaters of all time. It has the old-school curtain drap over the screen in the main theater. Throughout the theater there are a ton of old film cameras and memorabilia. They give you free popcorn during the week, so make sure to check the schedules. It's in a great location, so if you are planning on a day for dinner and a movie with friends or loved ones, it's the perfect spot to go to.

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Local from Berkeley, California, USA

Really cool theater, be sure to check out the main theater -- preferably watch a film there, but even if your film is in another smaller theater, pop your head in for a quick peak. Owner is also a really cool guy. Political, with a string left bend. Is always putting up controversial statements on the marquee. Yes!

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Local from Pleasant Hill, California, USA

This is the Grand Old Lady of East Bay Movie Theaters. I especially enjoy a Friday night movie on the main stage with the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ and the Big Screen. The political messages on the marque are also thought provoking. However, parking in this neighborhood can be a little dicey.

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Burns, Kansas

just few blocks from our apartment

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Local from Berkeley, California, USA

If you're lucky in there will be an Organ player in this beautiful theater.

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