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The historic Grand Lake Theater has been designated as one of the top ten vintage theaters in the nation. Located in the lovely Grand/Lakeshore District, the surrounding neighborhood offers a tremendous variety of dining options. Winner of the East Bay Express Reader Poll as the “Best Movie Theater” almost every year, it offers the Bay Area's best movie going experience at the lowest price.

Grand Lake Main Auditorium
Main Auditorium
Photo copyright: Tom Paiva 1991
Grand Lake Auditorium 3
Auditorium 3 - Egyptian 1920’s style
Photo copyright: Tom Paiva 1991
Grand Lake Auditorium 4
Auditorium 4 - Moorish style
Photo copyright: Tom Paiva 1991

See more beautiful photos of the Grand Lake Theater in the Photo Gallery.

The Historic Grand Lake Theater

In 1926, the Reid Brothers’ design for the Grand Lake Theater was completed for West Coast Theaters, Inc.

March 6, 1926 marked the grand opening of this Vaudeville Show and Silent Movie House. In 1928, West Coast Theaters, Inc. became part of the Fox Theater Chain. Vaudeville Shows were discontinued after talking pictures (known as ‘talkies’) became popular. In 1980, Allen Michaan, owner of Renaissance Rialto, Inc. purchased the ground lease, opening the theater as a single screen Movie Palace and beginning a process of restoration and upgrades that continues to this day. While currently all digital in the projection of movies the Grand Lake retains the capability of exhibiting 35mm and 70mm films when needed.

Two main expansions:

Expansion #1 - 1981 The main balcony seating was transformed into auditorium #2, which seats 450 patrons in a stadium seating configuration.

Expansion #2 - 1985 Storefronts along Grand Avenue were transformed into small movie palace themed auditoriums. They were connected to the main theater by enclosing an exterior alleyway which connects to the main lobby. Theater 3 was designed in an Egyptian atmospheric style and Theater 4 as a Moorish palace.

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2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 East Bay EXPRESS Readers' Poll


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Must End 12/24!

(135 Minutes)

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FRI-SAT: 12:301, 3:451, 7:001, 9:451
SUN: 12:301, 3:451, 7:001, 9:451
MON: 3:451, 7:001
TUE: 3:451, 7:001, 9:451
WED: 3:451, 7:001
THU: 3:451, 7:253, 10:153

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(143 Minutes)

Rated PG-13Dolby DigitalDigital Projection

Starts THU 12/20:

Shown in dual-projector 3D at:

THU: 7:001

Shown in digital 2D at:

THU: 10:001

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Green Book

(130 Minutes)

Rated PG-13Dolby DigitalDigital Projection

FRI-SUN: 1:152*, 4:152*, 7:152*, 10:002*
MON: 4:152*, 7:152*
TUE: 4:152*, 7:152*, 10:002*
WED: 4:303, 7:303
THU: 4:304, 7:304, 10:004

*Auditorium 2 is not wheelchair accessible

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Mary Poppins Returns

(130 Minutes)

Rated PGDolby DigitalDigital Projection

Starts WED 12/19 at:

WED: 4:152*, 7:152*
THU: 4:152*, 7:152*, 9:552*

*Auditorium 2 is not wheelchair accessible

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Bohemian Rhapsody

(134 Minutes)

Rated PG-13Dolby DigitalDigital Projection

FRI-SUN: 1:303, 4:303, 7:303, 10:053
MON: 4:303, 7:303
TUE: 4:303, 7:303, 10:053
WED: 4:354, 7:354
THU: 4:353

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A Star is Born

(136 Minutes)

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FRI: 4:354, 7:254, 10:004
SAT-SUN: 1:354, 4:354, 7:254, 10:004
MON: 4:354, 7:254
TUE: 4:354, 7:254, 10:004

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Theater Info

3200 Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610
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Admission Prices

Regular Features

Gen Adm $11
Child/Senior $8
Matinee $6
Discount Tuesday $5
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3D Features

Gen Adm $12.50
Ch/Senr $9.50
Matinee $6
Discount Tuesday $5
About 3-D

The Grand Lake has a new discount policy: Tuesday is now “$5.00 Day”. All admissions are $5.00* each all day long. This includes 3-D features! (*Excluding Special Engagements) Our new discount policy now extends to matinee shows! All tickets for showtimes starting prior to 6pm are only $6.00, 3-D included! Every day!

Non-holiday Mondays are Free Popcorn Days! Receive a free bag of popcorn with purchase of admission.

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Mighty Wurlitzer Organ played before Friday and Saturday evening shows indicated in green in the Main Auditorium.
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