Century 8 Oakland

8201 Oakport Street,
Oakland, CA 94621

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Previously operated by: Century Theatres

Architects: Vincent G. Raney

Previous Names: Century 21, Century 21 & 22

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Century 8 Oakland

This dome-shaped theater was opened as the Century 21 Theatre October 29, 1968 with Clark Gable in “Gone With the Wind” and was a definite if unofficial landmark off the Hegenberger Road exit off Highway 17 (now I-880).

Originally a single-screen seating 960, it was split in half on April 4, 1973 and became known as Century 21 and 22. In 1984 it became a four-plex and in 1988 it converted to 8 screens.

At some point about the late-1990’s, however, it rather abruptly disappeared.

Contributed by Garrett Murphy

Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

gsmurph on April 25, 2004 at 9:35 am

The Century 21 seated 960 people when it was a single-screen theater. During its construction, a time capsule was reportedly placed within it to be opened on January 1, 2000, the first day of the 21st century for which it was named. (But obviously this one didn’t quite make it; wonder what became of that capsule???????)

jasononbass on May 15, 2004 at 10:16 am

Drove by the former site yesterday, and the once-abandoned lot is now under development. The trucks and bulldozers are hard at work on what I hope isn’t another godawful strip mall.

scottfavareille on August 30, 2004 at 2:47 pm

Unfortunately, it appears to be another strip-mall. Good luck.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on June 7, 2007 at 5:22 pm

Former site is now occupied by a Wal-Mart strip mall.

Vincent Raney is the architect of this building.

terrywade on August 9, 2007 at 3:48 pm

To bad Ray Syufy got money hungrey and split many of his Domes down the middle. Leaking sound, seats going the wrong way. It was a mess. At least he didn’t split the flagship The Century 21 in San Jose.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on March 24, 2010 at 2:30 pm

This was actually an 8-plex when it closed and was called simply Century 8 Oakland. Century 21 & 22 should be an AKA.

rivest266 on August 10, 2018 at 3:33 pm

This opened on October 29th, 1968. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on August 17, 2018 at 2:47 pm

2 screens on April 4th, 1973, 3 in 1982, 4 in 1984, 8 in 1988.

rivest266 on September 22, 2021 at 10:07 am

1968 grand opening removed for inferior quality reasons and replaced with a better one as well as the April 4th, 1973, ad.

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