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2013-09-21 Paramount Oakland
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A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE

Oakland's Paramount Theatre is one of the finest remaining examples of Art Deco design in the United States. Designed by renowned San Francisco architect Timothy L. Pflueger and completed in late 1931, it was one of the first Depression-era buildings to incorporate and integrate the work of numerous creative artists into its architecture and is particularly noteworthy for its successful orchestration of the various artistic disciplines into an original and harmonious whole.

After its initial brief blaze of "movie palace" glory in the 1930's, this remarkable auditorium suffered three decades of neglect and decline until its rescue by the Oakland Symphony, the City of Oakland and numerous private donors. The building was purchased by the Board of Directors of the Oakland Symphony Orchestra Association in 1972. A painstaking and authentic restoration was completed in 1973 and the theatre was entered in the National Register of Historic Places on August 14th of that year.

Restored to its original splendor, meticulously maintained, and fully upgraded to modern technical standards, the Paramount now serves all the arts. The Paramount Theatre is the home of the Oakland East Bay Symphony and, as one of the San Francisco Bay Area's premiere performing arts facilities, hosts a year-round schedule of popular music concerts, variety shows, theatre, and - of course - movies.

 

00 Oakland Paramount Theatre exterior 1975
00 Oakland Paramount Theatre exterior 1975
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01 lobby
01 Lobby Fountain of Light
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02 lobby detail
02 lobby detail
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03 lobby detail
03 lobby detail
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04 lobby carpet matches original 1933 (grass, flowers, vines and leaves)
04 lobby carpet matches original 1933 (grass, flowers, vines and leaves)
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05 upper corridor
05 upper corridor
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06 upper corridor
06 upper corridor
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07 upper corridor
07 Seat Enumerator in the upper corridor
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08 upper corridor
08 upper corridor
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09 upper corridor
09 upper corridor
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10 reconstructed lamps
10 reconstructed lamps
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11 reconstructed lamps
11 reconstructed lamps
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12 Balcony entrance
12 Balcony entrance
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13 Women's lounge
13 Women's lounge
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14 Women's lounge
14 Women's lounge
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15 Women's lounge
15 Women's lounge
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16 G Clef notes ECAF(Face) and a Rest, by the Women's lounge
16 G Clef notes ECAF(Face) and a Rest, by the Women's lounge
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17 Men's lounge w optical illusion floor (the lighter herringbone seems higher)
17 Men's lounge w optical illusion floor (the lighter herringbone seems higher)
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18 Men's lounge w optical illusion floor
18 Men's lounge w optical illusion floor
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19 dancer statue on butterfly and mountain table
19 dancer statue on butterfly and mountain table
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20 table platform ironwork detail
20 table platform ironwork detail
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21 ceiling detail
21 ceiling detail
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22 Black Laquer room
22 Basement Women's Smoking Room
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23 Black Laquer room table stand
23 Basement Women's Smoking Room table stand
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24 Main theater
24 Main theater
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25 Main theater
25 Main theater
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26 Main theater plaster cast wall detail
26 Main theater plaster cast wall detail
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27 Main theater ceiling and lights
27 Main theater ceiling and lights
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28 Main theater ceiling Isis holding the world overhead
28 Main theater ceiling Isis holding the world overhead
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29 Main theater ceiling and lights
29 Main theater ceiling and lights
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30 old carbon-arc projector in Green Room
30 old carbon-arc projector in Green Room
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31 old carbon-arc projector in Green Room
31 old carbon-arc projector in Green Room
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