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2008 Conclave Thr/Grand Lake – Oakland CA

We saw this beautiful palace during our 2008 Conclave.  Many thanks to MIKE HAUSER for sharing this unsettling news – our local members need to rally around this iconic theater!

For Grand Lake Theater owner, movies must go on.

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  1. Gary Lee Parks

    Rebecca and I, along with two Oakland friends, saw “Toy Story 3-D” at the Grand Lake last weekend. We hadn’t been there since Conclave 2008, and it was SO refreshing to relax in beautiful Auditorium One, meditate on the ornamentation while classical music quietly filled the air as we conversed, instead of being assaulted by commercials. We got into a conversation with a group of young teenage boys sitting behind us, when we heard them verbally appreciating the theatre. One boy said it was his favorite theatre to go to, and I shared a few historical tidbits about the place and movie palaces in general–enough to pique interest but not overwhelm. I explained about the curtain being from the SF Fox. Then, said curtain lifted slowly, we donned our 3-D glasses and it was showtime! In the early and mid-1980s when I lived in Oakland, I attended the Grand Lake frequently. I’d forgotten how much I miss it.

  2. Gary Lee Parks

    Rebecca and I, along with two Oakland friends, saw “Toy Story 3-D” at the Grand Lake last weekend. We hadn’t been there since Conclave 2008, and it was SO refreshing to relax in beautiful Auditorium One, meditate on the ornamentation while classical music quietly filled the air as we conversed, instead of being assaulted by commercials. We got into a conversation with a group of young teenage boys sitting behind us, when we heard them verbally appreciating the theatre. One boy said it was his favorite theatre to go to, and I shared a few historical tidbits about the place and movie palaces in general–enough to pique interest but not overwhelm. I explained about the curtain being from the SF Fox. Then, said curtain lifted slowly, we donned our 3-D glasses and it was showtime! In the early and mid-1980s when I lived in Oakland, I attended the Grand Lake frequently. I’d forgotten how much I miss it.

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