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“The Fabulous Paramount” 5 of 5 bubbles
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.
Tiburon
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109 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“The Fabulous Paramount”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2014

Concerts & movies at this beautifully restored 1931 movie palace are a true experience!
You've been transported the moment entering the awe inspiring Lobby with sweeping staircases and gilt & colorful Art Deco designs wrapping the walls & ceiling. Upper levels are equally incredible in design with "full" bars available thru out the venue for beverages & snacks. Once you've found your seat & "rubbernecked" all the Deco features of the huge concert hall, get out your binoculars (for those close up & personal views) and prepare to dance in your seats. 2 great restaurants are located just down the street for pre-theatre dining:" Flora" serving American gourmet comfort food on the corner in a former flower shop (not open on Sundays) & "Pican" just 2 blocks down for marvelous southern cooking.

Visited December 2013
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San Jose, California
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262 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
“Deservedly highly ranked by others”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2013

We attended an event here. This is definitely a place not to miss, the interior throws you into another time, and there are plenty of details along the walls, carpet, overall. Do come earlier than the start of what brings you here - to take some time to enjoy this beautifully designed gem. Lake Merrit is not too far away, and it's easy to stroll over from the lake to the Paramount, if there is no closer parking nearby.
Outside food or beverages are not permitted into the theater. They offer tours, or just tour yourself in connection with a movie, speaker, ballet, symphony,...
Great place.

Visited November 2013
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Pacifica
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11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Beware the stairs”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2013

I agree with all the reviews that this is a spectacularly beautiful theater and a great venue to see live shows. However, for those with difficulty climbing stairs, be aware that you need to purchase the most expensive seats on the lower level, as there is no elevator or other means to get to the balcony other than climbing at least 3 flights of stairs. Someone else purchased the tickets for a few of us, and I didn't think of asking about accessibility so had to painfully walk up and down 3 flights of stairs to get to and from our seats.

Visited December 2013
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Oakland, California, USA
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5 reviews
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“The jewel of Oakland”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The ideal place to see an event. Classic, perfectly restored to it original 1931 status and well maintained. Diverse selection and great staff.

Visited November 2013
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San Francisco, California
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57 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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“Unsurpassed experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2013

From Leonard Cohen concerts to old movies to the East Bay Symphony, everything is special hear. Unsurpassed acoustics and architectural splendor. Don't miss a chance to visit here. Just 1 block from Bart station.

Visited November 2013
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