Allendale Theatre

3116 Liese Avenue,
Oakland, CA 94619

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Functions: Housing

Styles: Art Deco, Egyptian, Neo-Classical

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1928 rendering
Contributed by William Gabel

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

gsmurph on December 9, 2003 at 10:10 am

The Allendale was built about 1914 and closed (as a theater) in 1941.
Possibly it was remodeled later to include Art Deco elements.

scottfavareille on January 31, 2004 at 4:25 pm

I just put a fourplex on the market about a block from this theater, so I stumbled upon this. It is now called the Theater Apartments. The facade is intact and the lobby area is nicely done. The auditorium is where the apartments are at. It looks rather attractive.

gsmurph on May 30, 2004 at 8:08 am

The allendale’s address is 3116 Liese Avenue.

gsmurph on May 30, 2004 at 8:10 am

Allendale’s status should be “Closed,” not “Closed-Demolished.”

Inglo on November 5, 2004 at 2:03 pm

For more info on this theater’s current roll as the Theater Apartments see here

gsmurph on December 11, 2004 at 9:55 am

As much-noted avobe, status should be “Closed.”

jkusler on March 27, 2005 at 3:46 pm

Frankly, I think this theater’s reuse for apartments has been nicely done. Certainly this is better than total demolition of the structure. And it has retained some of the nice structural features of the theater.

robertgippy on April 27, 2007 at 8:38 am

As a kid, we used to live right behind the Allendale Theatre on Angelo Avenue. It wasn’t a theatre then but was an apartment house. My long departed Aunt Sophie, would always talk about the Allendale, especially the weekly Wednesday giveaways. One night she won a live chicken there. No cage in it or nothing, just gave her the live chicken right on the stage! She said, you can keep this son of a * because I don’t want the damn thing. She let it go and it went flapping all around the theater. Then she won a new mattress one night and they told her she would have to get a truck to pick it up, she told them to ** and the manager delivered it himself! We were always told what a rat trap it was, and that it should have been condemned a long time ago.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 15, 2011 at 4:18 am

The Allendale Theatre, originally dating from 1914, was extensively altered in the late 1920s for the Blumenfield circuit. The architect was William I. Garren. Multiple notices about the project appeared in various issues of Building and Engineering News in 1927.

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