Twelfth Street Theater

574 12th Street,
Oakland, CA 94612

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Previous Names: Orpheum Theater, RKO 12th Street Theater, Follies Theater

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This theater, opened September 30, 1907, was the first of two Oakland theaters named Orpheum (the other was the Fox Orpheum [q.v.]).

It was renamed Twelfth Street Theater in 1927, the Follies in 1938, and Twelfth Street once again on July 15 that same year.

It was closed long ago and eventually demolished; the site is now part of the Ronald Dellums Federal Building.

Contributed by Garrett Murphy

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gsmurph on April 1, 2005 at 9:25 am

Correction to the above—-the block where the Orpheum/12th Street Theater stood is now part of the Ronald Dellums Federal Building.

gsmurph on May 31, 2005 at 12:48 pm

The Orpheum/Twelfth Street Theater was demolished about 1958 for a parking lot; as noted above, a wing of the Dellums Federal Building stands there today.

kencmcintyre on May 14, 2009 at 11:11 pm

Here is an October 1917 ad from the Oakland Tribune:

AndrewBarrett on April 24, 2014 at 6:17 pm

According to pg. 628 of “The Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ” by David L. Junchen, the Orpheum (Twelfth St.) (Follies) (Twelfth St.) Theatre in Oakland (located at 568 12th Street as per the book) had a two-manual Smith theatre pipe organ installed at some point.

No date, nor additional details on the organ (like # of ranks) is given.

Does anybody know what happened to this organ?

NAParish on November 8, 2014 at 3:39 pm

The street view above shows the wrong block. shows the approximate location.

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