Alameda Theatre (Alameda, California)

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Alameda Theatre & Cineplex
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Historic facade, blade and marquee, with adjoining businesses and multiplex expansion
Location2317 Central Avenue, Alameda, California, USA [1]
Coordinates 37°45′52″N122°14′36″W / 37.76453°N 122.243348°W / 37.76453; -122.243348 Coordinates: 37°45′52″N122°14′36″W / 37.76453°N 122.243348°W / 37.76453; -122.243348
TypeIndoor theatre
Seating typeOrchestra, Balcony
Capacity 2,168 (1932), [1] 484 (Theater 1, 2008) [2]
Construction
Built1932
Opened1932
Renovated2008
Expanded2008

The Alameda Theatre is an Art Deco movie theatre built in 1932 in Alameda, California. It opened with a seating capacity of 2,168. It was designed by architect Timothy L. Pflueger and was the last grand movie palace built in the San Francisco Bay Area. It closed in the 1980s as a triplex theatre and was later used as a gymnastics studio. A restoration and expansion project was completed in 2008, making the historic theater the primary anchor of an eight-screen multiplex. [1]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 Cinema Treasures. Alameda Theatre, Alameda, CA
  2. "Alameda City website. Historic Alameda Theater Rehabilitation Project. Just the Facts". Archived from the original on 2009-01-25. Retrieved 2008-11-04.

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