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“A local gem” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Grand Lake Theater

Grand Lake Theater
3200 Grand Ave., Oakland, CA
510 452-3556
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Ranked #15 of 113 things to do in Oakland
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Oakland, California
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A local gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

Love coming here as it feels like a truly old fashioned moviegoing experience. Just wish the ticket sellers could manage a smile and a thank you now and then.

Visited December 2012
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Denton, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Needs a Refurbish”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

A grand old lady fallen into disrepair. It's musty, you sit on the floor of most of the theaters and look (way) up at the screens, though I believe the little balcony conversions are stadium style. Sounds bleeds through from the other divisions. And every time I go to the Men's Room I find a new horror; most recently the urinals were filled with unflushed ocre-colored brine, as if the owner had put the flushing cycle on a stingy timer.

Visited December 2012
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Oakland
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32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“I love the Grand Lake”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

Great movies, comfortable seats, incredible decor, reasonable prices. And the politics are wonderful. The Grand Lake is the anchor of the neighborhood.

Visited October 2012
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Oakland, California
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41 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Fun old fashioned comfortable theatre!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

Best place to go to really feel like you are at the movies. The theaters have amazing art deco decorations, like Egyptian themes, and every movie feels like an event.

Visited February 2012
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Oakland, CA
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28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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“THE BEST THEATER IN THE EAST BAY”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

Reasons to go to the Grand Lake Theater:
It's a beautiful, original, old theater, well cared for by its owner.
It has an amazing, genuine Tiffany window in the lobby.
In the main theater on certain nights (I think Friday and Saturday) an organist plays the original old organ, which ascends and descends dramatically from the floor, before the film.
Admission and refreshments are much more reasonably priced than the other theaters,
and they have very good popcorn.
If you go here you'll be supporting a work of art, a historical landmark, and one of the very few independent theaters in the Bay Area.
The owner successfully sued the larger theater chains who nearly put him out of business. He includes pithy political comments on the marquis, along with the film titles.
It has an incredible neon sign with fireworks.

Visited September 2012
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