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“Brings back the Golden days!”
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.
Cambridge, UK
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Brings back the Golden days!”
Reviewed June 29, 2013

I am a big history and movies buff so when our travel took us through Oakland, I just had to visit the Paramount. Apart from the fact that the venue is a California and US historical landmark, it is a really fantastic value when they show old classic movies for $5 on Friday nights. Paramount gives you a chance not just to see an great old movie, but see it in the style of when the movie first appeared. It’s an absolute delight. The organ performance before the show just set the mood right and is a very nostalgic experience.

I'd recommend it if you're stopping by Oakland

Visited May 2013
1 Thank Aaron C
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San Francisco, California
Level 5 Contributor
46 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Graduation Ceremony”
Reviewed June 3, 2013

I have visited the Paramount for a variety of events over many years and it is still one of the most beautiful, clean and well maintained venues in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The only downsides are parking can be difficult and the restrooms are historic so they don't have enough stalls all the times and the dispensers still use Borax soap - cute, right.

I would recommend it.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank VFPSF
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San Diego, California
Level 6 Contributor
138 reviews
39 attraction reviews
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“Do the Tour!”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

A beautiful old time movie palace that shows you what it was like to see a film in the 20's. Do the Saturday a.m. tour if you can and you're into Art Deco or old movies. Check the schedule for Friday movie nights. Patrons often dress in the era of the film so good people watching and lots of fun.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank calpoidog
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San Francisco
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“An Art Deco Gem”
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
1 Thank boopboopadoop
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Albany, CA
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“great movies”
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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