In 1926, the Reid Brothers' design for the Grand Lake Theater was completed for West Coast Theaters, Inc. March 6, 1926 marked the grand opening of this Vaudeville Show and Silent Movie House.
West Coast Theaters, Inc. became part of the Fox Theater Chain in 1928. Vaudeville Shows were discontinued after talking pictures (known as 'talkies') became popular.
There is a giant illuminated rooftop sign which can be seen for blocks, and the interior of the theater is Art Deco in style, with faux Neoclassical columns and urns in the lobby.
Since purchasing the theater in 1980, Allen Michaan, owner of Renaissance Rialto, Inc., has devoted considerable resources to restoring the Grand Lake Theater, having spent $3.5 million to completely renovate the interior.
On July 14, 1981, the Grand Lake Theater and Roof Sign were designated an Oakland Landmark #52, #LM 81-101.
The Grand Lake Theater was the recipient of the East Bay Express Best Place to See a Movie Readers' Poll Award in 2014 and 2015.
3200 Grand Avenue, Oakland, California
Links and References
Grand Lake Theater: The Historic Grand Lake Theater official website
- Grand Lake Theater Wikipedia