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“An Elegant Step into the Past” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Grand Lake Theater

Grand Lake Theater
3200 Grand Ave., Oakland, CA
510 452-3556
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Ranked #7 of 118 things to do in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence
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Chicago
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152 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“An Elegant Step into the Past”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

This is an amazing place that shouldn't be missed. Opened in 1926, this gem of a theatre has been lovingly restored into a multi-theatre complex. Great lounge seating, beautiful decorations and history all around. The best!!!

Visited March 2013
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Alameda, Ca.
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Wonderful Historical Architecture”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

Attend a movie here and the bonus is seeing this magnificent restoration. An art deco masterpiece! Great theatre for first
run movies and filmed Opera performances

Visited January 2013
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DeLeon Springs, FL
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“Really cool place to watch a movie!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

The historic Grand Lake Theater is simply one of the coolest places I've ever been during my vacation at Oakland.
I was there to watch Wreck-It-Ralph and I watched it inside a Egyptian-themed theater. It's way too dark to capture the presence of Egypt and find my seat, but I was able to see the hieroglyphics and King Tut on the top of the screen.
My brother-in-law told me that the theater can be held for big movie premieres, so I was able to catch a glimpse on the biggest movie theater I have ever seen and that's also where they play the movies with big box office hits.
So when you want to watch a movie in the theater, check the local online times, find a parking spot that is close to the theater, buy a ticket, popcorn and a drink and take a picture of the amazing interior design of the theater. It's AWESOME!!!

Visited January 2013
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Oakland, California
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“Beautiful art deco movie theater”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

The Grand Lake Theater is a beautiful art deco decorated movie theater. On Friday and Saturday nights they often have an organ player before evening shows in the main theater.

Visited December 2012
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Oakland, California
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“gorgeous grand dame”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

I love watching movies here and I love when they sell popcorn at a special rate or free night... Makes me want to go to the movies every week!

Visited January 2013
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