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Address: 3200 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610-2739
Phone Number: 510 452-3556
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Beautifully restored old theatre, inexpensive tickets

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Janice A
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Oakland, California
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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Stockport, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 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 

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Willow Creek, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 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 

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Thank Wanderwoman929
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 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.

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 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!

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Alameda, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 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 

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Thank Nancy E
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 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.

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Oakland, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

The Grand Lake is an Oakland icon and deservedly so. Although this movie palace has been subdivided into smaller theaters, it has retained an old world charm. The main theater is large and has an organ which they play on Saturday nights. Seeing a movie here feels exciting - like it did "back in the day".

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Thank ebk16
Tappahannock, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015 via mobile

If you enjoy the feeling of entering a real theater cinema this is the place. From velvet curtains to motif covered walls, old projectors, marble bathrooms but the best is $5 early bird tickets. This is undoubtedly a gem in the heart of Oakland and stands out amongst the dismal scenes on some of the nearby streets!

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