Grand Lake Theatre

3200 Grand Avenue,
Oakland, CA 94610

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MSC77 on May 30, 2023 at 2:23 pm

The Oakland/East Bay 70mm article has been updated to include “The Master.” (I’ll probably need to update it again in a few weeks once the “Oppenheimer” details are finalized.) Thank you, stevenj.

stevenj on May 27, 2023 at 1:06 pm

MSC77 - In the photos section for the Grand Lake (page 2) is a photo I took on Sept 23, 2012 of the marquee after seeing The Master in 70mm. It had opened the day before. Don’t know how many weeks it ran but should be included in your list at the link you provided above. And thanks for all your work at

MSC77 on May 27, 2023 at 9:34 am

A chronology of 70mm presentations in Oakland and the East Bay has recently been published for those interested in this aspect of the East Bay region’s motion picture exhibition history. The Grand Lake gets several mentions in the piece.

stevenj on August 25, 2018 at 9:25 pm

The Grand Lake has been sold to it’s leaseholder Allen Michaan who says he will continue to show films far into the future.

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rivest266 on August 16, 2018 at 3:28 pm

2 screens on June 19th, 1981 and four on July 12th, 1985. Grand opening ads in the photo section.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 24, 2017 at 12:24 pm

Renaissance Rialto’s web page says the balcony was converted for a second screen in 1981 and that storefronts in the building were converted into screens three and four in 1985.

Coate on August 24, 2017 at 11:48 am

When was the Grand Lake converted to a 4-plex? (I believe it occurred some time between 1982 and 1986. Can anyone confirm?)

Trolleyguy on July 23, 2017 at 7:19 am

1947 picture added to Photos section.

walterk on December 10, 2016 at 10:40 am

The Grand Lake lost their Assistant Manager, Denalda Renae (aka Denalda Nicole Siegrist) in the tragic warehouse fire in Oakland last week, I’ve just uploaded a picture of the marquee paying tribute to her and the other victims.

A memorial gathering for Denalda and all of the victims will be held in the main auditorium this Tuesday, December 13, all are welcome. More details are available on the Grand Lake’s website

gabrielbarr on April 19, 2015 at 7:40 am

A snapshot of a man changing the sign in 2014. (He is taking down Interstellar and putting up Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.)

tntim on February 20, 2015 at 4:41 pm

Here is a news story that was on ABC 7 news. Link

Logan5 on September 24, 2014 at 10:10 am

“The Rocketeer” was presented at the Grand Lake (#3) in 70mm 6-Track Dolby Stereo beginning on the film’s nationwide opening day Friday June 21, 1991.

Ian on March 14, 2013 at 2:42 am

Two photos from 2000 of the interior of the larger screen with the ornate curtains in place.



stevenj on September 23, 2012 at 2:01 pm

New photos (some of the interior downstairs auditorium) taken yesterday.

Mikeyisirish on August 5, 2012 at 6:11 pm

A 2012 photo can be seen here.

CaptVonKrapp on November 3, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Hurrah for the Grand Lake supporting the General Strike!

CSWalczak on July 12, 2010 at 10:34 pm

An article about the Grand Lake and its determined owner from the San Francisco Chronicle’s website: View link

darquil on April 24, 2010 at 11:48 pm

I’ve posted information and photos from two recent visits:

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on April 20, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Thank you, Chuck, for an absolutely FABULOUS PHOTOGRAPH. It’s the best I’ve seen since joining CT a long time ago!

How about the recently restored awesome Oakland Fox in/outside please?

Other photographers PLEASE take regarding the above note and let’s get some totally different angles as well as some interior shots, too!

darquil on March 6, 2010 at 11:10 am

Maximum occupancy signs above each auditorium door currently list the following:
1. Downstairs: 626.
2. Upstairs: 449.
3. Egyptian: 235.
4. Moorish: 161.
That puts the total seating at 1471.

Eric on January 18, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Recently went and there is a new gold curtain in the main auditorium. It looks terrible. :–( What happened to the other (red) curtain?

kencmcintyre on August 26, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Here is a photo from around the time of the opening:

bago1 on April 29, 2009 at 4:16 am

the grand lake theater is trully a cinama treasure in oakland i’ve been coming here since i was about 10 years old . first time i came here was to see transformers the movie in a morning matinee i’ve seen so many movies here i lost count to many to name the last movie i seen here was in 2007 to see ironically the transfomers motin picture .. i like the 2 theaters that have balconys the main theater is also great with the wulitzer organist to entertain you .and the former main theater balcony turned theater up stairs is also hella cool i have so many memorys at the grand lake like any true oaklander should i hope this theater never fades away …..

ps the political messages on the marquee are kinda rediculous at times but kinda cool very unique btw i’m a democrat ….

vclamp on April 7, 2009 at 8:28 pm

The Grand Lake Theater from the outside on the night of March 26th, 2009.
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The staff was pleased to take care of the local treasure. It was well maintained, and the presentation was good.