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Address: 3200 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610-2739
Phone Number: +1 510-452-3556

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Old school movie theater.

So nice and richly decorated! A perfect place to walk memory lane and enjoy the glorious times of the movie theaters golden era! But don't be mistaken, the projection equipment is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
San Diego, CA
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San Diego, CA
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91 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

So nice and richly decorated! A perfect place to walk memory lane and enjoy the glorious times of the movie theaters golden era! But don't be mistaken, the projection equipment is state if the art, modern and comfy seats, all makes for a great movie watching experience.

Thank fredyair
Dallas, Texas
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Arrive early for a live half hour pipe organ performance. Saving special old theaters like this is awesome. Don't miss it!

Thank Heidi C
Oakland, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

This cinema is located near Lake Merritt and many shops and restaurants so visitors can spend the day in this area. The movies are the usual box office films. What makes this place special is the old cameras and renovation. Also, the tickets are inexpensive if you go early in the day. Nice place for families.

Thank Janice A
Stockport, UK
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129 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

What a lovely little movie theatre this is. Cheap for matinees every day. Great location. Comfortable roomy seating. Gets new movies very quickly after release.

Thank margaretpat
Oakland, California
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221 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

This grand old place is getting a bit tatty, but you can't beat the place for its old charm, large screening rooms, and good location (near lots of good food and drink spots). They require cash, but the prices are less than your typical more-upscale, chain theatre. And if you want to start out with a meal or drink there... More 

Thank GPToak
Willow Creek, California
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2016

I was on my way home after traveling at Christmas time, and my son and I were looking for a place to go see the new Star Wars. In the reviews, this theater boasted the best 3D system in the Bay Area. They were right! Not only is the 3D much better than average, but the interiors and architecture of... More 

Thank Wanderwoman929
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2016

I went there last Saturday to watch the Deadpool movie. The place is very pretty, the room that Deadpool played had an organ and a man played it before the movie started. Impressive.

1 Thank Gabriela G
Oakland, California
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141 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2016

The Grand Lake is an old-school theater right next door to Lake Merritt. The main theater is huge and the smaller side and upstairs theaters are cozy. All are beautifully decorated. All shows before 6 PM are only $6 and on Wednesdays they throw in a free small bag of popcorn. It's hard to beat a deal like that!

1 Thank MauriceTheTourGuide
Alameda, California
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2016

Not so favorable of a review for this theater.... sorry to say. A great history and a once-great theater that has been let go. A thorough cleaning and a little face lift would be a good start. Friendly staff- that's a true story. Can't complain about that but I think I would chose to go to another location for my... More 

Thank Nancy E
San Francisco, California
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103 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2015 via mobile

I've never been in an old theater like this before, and it didn't disappoint. I was embarrassing my boyfriend by taking so many pictures. I was surprised to see it in its original glory. The staff was very helpful and kind with a small mishap about the online tickets.

1 Thank NicoleTravelsBlog

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