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“An Art Deco Gem” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Paramount Theatre

Paramount Theatre
Ranked #1 of 6 Fun & Games in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A throwback to the 1930s with its art deco architecture.
San Francisco
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“An Art Deco Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Stepping into the Paramount is like stepping back in time. Over the years, I have had the pleasure of attending numerous events at this beautifully restored Art Deco movie palace. I have seen "Gone with the Wind" on the Paramount's movie screen. Listened to Max Raabe and the Palast Orchestra from the comfort of the theater's plush, velvet seats. Even had the unforgettable thrill of watching an incredible tribute performance for the tap-dancing Nicholas Brothers.

But nothing can match the experience of attending the Art Deco Ball here. Dressing up in authentic vintage clothes and dancing to Don Neely's Royal Society Jazz Orchestra while surrounded by the splendor of the Paramount's Deco interiors, is truly a one-of-a-kind experience.

For those who remember the glorious movie palaces of the past, a visit to the Paramount will be a nostalgic reminder of those halcyon days. And for the younger generation whose idea of going to the movies is going to a generic multiplex, a trip to the Paramount will provide a glimpse into a more romantic, stylish and civilized era.

Even if you can't see an event here, tours of the theater are available. So if you are in the area,
definitely try to arrange a visit.

The only drawback to the Paramount is the neighborhood, which is less than glamorous. However, there are plenty of parking lots nearby, good street lighting, and ample security.

If you have a chance to go to the Paramount — go!

Visited May 2012
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Albany, CA
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21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“great movies”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

When I entered the theater, the Art Deco atmosphere was enchanting. The organ music matched the atmosphere and the news and the cartoons before the main feature brought me back to my movie experience in Istanbul during my adolescense

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San Francisco, California
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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

I went to the Paramount for the Oakland Symphony and the building is magnificent. I arrived early, and we spent 45 minutes walking through the building. The art deco is beautifully restored - the powder rooms are amazing. They do tours on Saturdays - well worth the $5 !!

Visited March 2013
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Alameda, Ca.
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16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Fantastic place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

Well worth a visit. Terrific art deco interior harkening back to the 1920s. Great if you can make a performance, but worth it even if you only have time to take a tour.

Visited February 2013
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12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Beautiful Venue”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

We just saw Leonard Cohen at the Paramount. This is such a great venue--intimate and elegant. I've seen the Oakland Orchestra and several films here as well. It's a class act.

Visited February 2013
Thank Karen N
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