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Parkway Theater to Reopen Next Year on Park Blvd. [Oakland, CA]

East Bay Express   
Nate Seltenrich —  Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 2:46 PM

 

More than a year and a half after the sudden closing of Oakland’s beloved Parkway Theater in March 2009, and following the failures of a string of suitors, it appears the theater is finally poised to reopen. In a formal announcement made this afternoon, local entrepreneur and photographer J. Moses Ceaser, who’s behind the latest effort — dubbed The New Parkway — said he’s one or two weeks away from finalizing a contract with the theater’s owners. Given the level of buy-in he’s recieved from the owners and their initial approval of his offer and terms, Ceaser said he’s confident the deal will go through. He also said Oakland Councilwoman Pat Kernighan and Redevelopment Agency representative Teresa Navarro-Lopez have thrown their weight behind the project, pledging to help with some of the financial costs associated with reopening the theater, including roof, electrical, and plumbing repairs.“I think the number one priority for that district is the Parkway Theater,” Ceaser said in an interview. Kernighan and other City Council members “know this is going to be a really good business move for the city.” Assuming a lease is signed before the end of the year, he said, the Parkway could reopen by next Spring or early Summer.We’ll have more details in next week’s paper, so stay tuned.

http://www.eastbayexpress.com/92510/archives/2010/11/23/breaking-news-parkway-theater-to-reopen-next-year-on-park-blvd

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  1. Gary Lee Parks

    Here’s hoping the New Parkway organization can successfully settle into the historic Parkway Theatre building. In 2008, this theatre was viewed by Conclave attendees who did not choose or were not able (due to limited space) to attend the evening at Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum. While the Parkway Theatre’s interior has been much remodeled over the years, including a crosswise twinning, ample evidence of its original atmospheric design is visible, and its original proscenium–a fantasy in Egyptian style, which also takes several cues from Grauman’s Metropolitan Theatre in Los Angeles–is completely intact. This theatre is also one of only two Bay Area theatres to still have an original rooftop sign, Oakland’s nearby Grand Lake being the other. Both signs have been maintained over the years by THS member, Greg King.
    Coincidentally, Mark B. Jorgensen, son of Parkway architect, Mark T. Jorgensen, recently got in touch with me via a posting I had done on the Cinematreasures page about Oakland’s Granada Theatre, a Jorgensen work long since converted to a grocery store. I have just forwarded this article on to him.

  2. Gary Lee Parks

    Here’s hoping the New Parkway organization can successfully settle into the historic Parkway Theatre building. In 2008, this theatre was viewed by Conclave attendees who did not choose or were not able (due to limited space) to attend the evening at Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum. While the Parkway Theatre’s interior has been much remodeled over the years, including a crosswise twinning, ample evidence of its original atmospheric design is visible, and its original proscenium–a fantasy in Egyptian style, which also takes several cues from Grauman’s Metropolitan Theatre in Los Angeles–is completely intact. This theatre is also one of only two Bay Area theatres to still have an original rooftop sign, Oakland’s nearby Grand Lake being the other. Both signs have been maintained over the years by THS member, Greg King.
    Coincidentally, Mark B. Jorgensen, son of Parkway architect, Mark T. Jorgensen, recently got in touch with me via a posting I had done on the Cinematreasures page about Oakland’s Granada Theatre, a Jorgensen work long since converted to a grocery store. I have just forwarded this article on to him.

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