The Cornerstone of Oakland's Downtown Revival
Architect Timothy Pflueger completed the Paramount in 1931, and the theater became an instant landmark among Depression-era movie palaces. After decades of neglect, it was restored in 1973, and although it's taken more than 30 years for the rest of downtown and Uptown Oakland to catch up, this National History Landmark remains a cornerstone of the city's cultural renaissance, hosting ballet performances; symphony, jazz, pop, and rock concerts; and screenings of classic films from Hollywood's Golden Era, complete with newsreels, cartoons, prizes, and live music on the "Mighty Wurlitzer."
By Derk Richardson, AFAR Staff
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2025 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612, USA