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Parkway Theater

Oakland, California, United States

First Opened: 23rd September 1925 (96 years ago)

Closed: 22nd March 2009

Reopened: 7th April 2021

Atmospheric Style: Egyptian

Status: Repurposed

Address: 1834 Park Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606 Link opens in new window


Overview

The Parkway is a single screen movie theatre which originally opened in September 1925.

The exterior has a Spanish Renaissance style and the interior is designed with an Egyptian theme. Some descriptions afford the interior an East Indian theme in addition to Egyptian, however photos which came to light in 2021 during planning application suggest an solid Egyptian theme.

As a movie theatre, the auditorium featured seating in a stadium plan, with a raised stepped section at the rear of the auditorium rather than the usual balcony. The Parkway was equipped with an organ which had a single chamber located above the proscenium, behind the stylized plasterwork sunburst.

In its later years the Parkway became a suburban art house cinema; was then split into two screens, and served beers and pizzas.

The theatre ultimately closed in March 2009. In March 2019 it was announced that the Parkway would reopen as a marijuana dispensary. The development was stalled however was completed in 2022, and included full restoration of the historic theatre including removal of the twinning which separated the balcony from the main auditorium.

Further Reading

Online

Photos of the Parkway Theater

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Exterior
Parkway Theater: Exterior in early 2021
Exterior in early 2021
Parkway Theater: Exterior in 2022, courtesy <i>Ivy Hill Cannabis</i>
Exterior in 2022, courtesy Ivy Hill Cannabis
Interior
Parkway Theater: Proscenium Arch, courtesy <i>Paula Wirth</i>
Proscenium Arch, courtesy Paula Wirth
Parkway Theater: Proscenium Arch Centerpiece, courtesy <i>Oakland North</i>
Proscenium Arch Centerpiece, courtesy Oakland North
Parkway Theater: Auditorium Detail, courtesy <i>The Parkway Theater</i>
Auditorium Detail, courtesy The Parkway Theater
Parkway Theater: https://aca-prod.accela.com/OAKLAND/Cap/CapDetail.aspx?Module=Planning&TabName=Planning&capID1=20PLN&capID2=00000&capID3=00378&agencyCode=OAKLAND
Auditorium Detail, courtesy The Parkway Theater
Parkway Theater: Auditorium Detail, courtesy <i>The Parkway Theater</i>
Auditorium Detail, courtesy The Parkway Theater
Parkway Theater: Auditorium Detail, courtesy <i>The Parkway Theater</i>
Auditorium Detail, courtesy The Parkway Theater


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