Now Playing at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex: Showtimes and Movie List

History of the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex

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Godzilla Book Signing Invades Alameda Theatre

The original 1954 Japanese film “Godzilla” will be presented on May 13 and 14 in the Classic Film Series at the Historic Alameda Theatre. Prior to the movie, the Alameda Theatre in collaboration with Books Inc., will offer guests the opportunity to meet August Ragone, author of “Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters,” a highly visual biography about the visual effects mastermind behind Godzilla.

Ragone will sign books in the theatre lobby from 5:30pm to 6:40pm both nights and then treat Classic Movie ticket holders to a special presentation and lecture about the movie monster genre. The evening presentation of the full-length classic movie “Godzilla” will begin at 7:00pm. Following the film, Ragone will host Q&A session and an additional book signing session.

The Theatre offers Discount Ticket Packets for any 4 Classic Films for $25 or 8 Classic Films for $40. Single walk-up tickets are $7.75 per person.

Movie showtimes and tickets are available now at www.AlamedaTheatres.com.

 


2014 Spring Classic Film Series

Alameda Theatre & Cineplex Classic Film SeriesThe Classics are back! Step back in time for a vintage movie experience with some of the best films ever made! See them as they were originally seen -- in the style and grandeur of the restored 1932 Historic Alameda Theatre!

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the historic Alameda Theatre presents a lineup of outstanding classic films -- among them are some of the best movies to grace the silver screen. Show times vary by film, but movie-goers can catch either a matinee or evening show.

2014 Spring Classic Film Schedule

Feb 25 & 26
The Lion In Winter (1968)
Mar 4 & 5
A Fist Full of Dollars (1954)
Mar 11 & 12
It Happened One Night (1934)
Mar 18 & 19
All the Presidents Men (1976)
Mar 25 & 26
Young Frankenstein (1974)
Apr 1 & 2
The Third Man (1949)
Apr 8 & 9
The Way We Were (1973)
Apr 15 & 16
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Apr 22 & 23
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
Apr 29 & Apr 30
Patton (1970)
May 6 & 7
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
May 13 & 14
Godzilla (1954)
 
 
 
 

Tickets are available at the Alameda Theatre's Box Office (2317 Central Ave) in advance or on day of show.

Save up to 50% on special discount Ticket Packs of 4 or 8 classic movie tickets -- any 8 movies for $40, any 4 movies for $25. Share with a friend, come as a group, or give as a gift. Ticket Packs NEVER EXPIRE and are valid for any classic film in this series or future classic series. (Regular walk-up price is $7.75)

For current movie listings and show times, go to www.alamedatheatres.com/schedule.


 Mommy & Me Mondays

Alameda Theatre Mommy and Me  
Enjoy select current movies in a child and toddler friendly setting. Check schedule for movies and showtimes.  

Give the Gift of Movies!

The Alameda Theatre & Cineplex Box Office offers Theatre Gift Certificates in booklets of (5) x $5.00 certificates. The gift certificates may be redeemed for movie tickets or goodies at the Snack Bar. A great gift for friends, family or co-workers for only $25!


Theatre Supports Recycling Program

ALAMEDA, California, September 28, 2011 – Popcorn is compostable and so are movie popcorn bags and soda cups. The Alameda Theatre & Cineplex has implemented a new recycling program in partnership with StopWaste.Org, for disposal of movie snacks. Organic waste receptacles are now servicing all eight movie theatres and will divide items for compost, trash, or recycling.

Movie-goers can help the Theatre in their effort to make Alameda a “greener” place by disposing of their snack trash in the separate bins as they exit the theatre. “We feel a responsibility to set a good example in our community and we feel it’s the conscientious thing to do,” states Kyle Conner, Theatre Owner.

Alameda County Industries (ACI) worked with the theatre in organizing the program and has supplied a special organic dumpster which they collect weekly and take to a composting facility. The theatre is now recycling and/or composting 70-80% of theatre trash.


Historic Leap into 3-D Technology

ALAMEDA, California, June 23, 2011 – In 1932, the Historic Alameda Theatre was touted as the largest movie screen in the San Francisco Bay Area... but today it can claim the title of “largest 3-D screen in California!”

Movie-goers can now witness history in the making at the 1932 Historic Alameda Theatre as they are presented with 3-D imagery never before seen on a movie screen of its size. The debut of Dolby Digital 3D in the historic theatre now offers the largest digital 3D presentation of its kind.

The installation of a Barco DP 32B-3D projector in the theatre’s original projection booth allows the images to achieve an accurate brightness with up to 43,000 lumens and has been named by Guinness Book of Records as “The World’s Brightest Projector.”

“The theatre’s Art Deco architecture invites you in and the hi-tech cinema experience will leave you breathless” states Kyle Conner, owner of AlamedaTheatre & Cineplex.


History of the Alameda Theatre

Alameda Theatre

When it first opened in 1932, the Alameda Theatre was a glamorous Art Deco movie palace with one of the largest screens in the entire Bay Area. Designed by architect Timothy Pflueger, the mastermind behind the Paramount Theater in Oakland and the Castro Theater in San Francisco, the Alameda Theatre is designated an Alameda Historic Monument.

Although Alameda’s 35,000 residents had plenty of theaters in those days—the Strand, the Rio, the Vogue, the Park, and the Neptune—they didn’t have a true movie palace until the Alameda Theatre was created. Built in 14 months at a cost of $500,000, the Alameda Theatre instantly became the dominant building in the Park Street Business District with its 33,400 square feet; 2,200 seats; large movie screen; and vertical blade sign that soared 70 feet into the sky with “Alameda” in big capital letters. Many Alamedans can still remember the Alameda Theatre’s early years.Alameda Theatre interior

The theater opened with much fanfare on August 16, 1932. Opening night was attended by 5,000 Alamedans. The featured movie was family film Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, starring Marion Nixon and Ralph Bellamy. The bill also included The Chimp, with Laurel and Hardy; a Betty Boop cartoon; and a Fox Movietone Newsreel. For the 2,200 people lucky enough to get inside, admission was 10 cents for children and 35 cents for adults. The balcony cost 40 cents and was for adults only.

The movies, and the movie theaters they played in, were changed forever in the early 1950s with the advent of television. Theater attendance dropped dramatically and movie operators struggled to survive. In 1973, the theater was purchased by the Robert L. Lippert theater chain and underwent $85,000 in alterations, including the conversion of the balcony to two additional theaters. But suburban multiplex cinemas caused a continual decline in attendance.

Alameda Theatre mural, Alameda CA

On July 31, 1979, after 47 years, the time had come for the curtain to fall on the Alameda Theatre. The old palace’s final movie was the Disney film The Apple Dumpling Gang, starring Don Knotts and Tim Conway.

Following the theater’s closure, the building endured several reincarnations—a roller rink, a dance hall, and a gymnastics center. It almost became a kids’ pizza parlor, and it narrowly avoided demolition.

Alameda Theatre seating

With a renewed focus on Alameda's economic development in 1998, an intense interest in having the theater returned to its original splendor and purpose grew within the community. In 2000, after years of neglect, the City of Alameda became formally involved in the theater’s restoration. As a result, a three-part $37.3 million restoration project has restored the theater to its original glory while also modernizing it. The project included restoration of the historic theater, construction of the new parking garage, and construction of the additional Cineplex.

Alameda Theatre doors

The theater reopened in March 2008 with a three-day grand opening celebration—including a black-tie gala benefit modeled after a movie premiere, complete with searchlights, valet parking, red carpet and movie trailers. The opening movie was a premiere of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

The new Alameda Theatre & Cineplex seats a total of 2,168 people. It has seven screens, six of which were added adjacent to the 484-seat main viewing room, and a parking garage with 350 spaces. Various details of the original theater have been kept and restored, like the blade sign up front and the marquee ceiling, while other details like the original seating have been replaced completely.

The Alameda Theatre & Cineplex is located at 2317 Central Ave in Alameda's historic downtown commercial district.

(This history was taken from a story that originally appeared in the January/February 2008 issue of Alameda Magazine.)


Current show times and tickets are available at www.AlamedaTheatres.com or at the Theatre Box Office (2317 Central Ave). Sign up online to receive the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex Newsletter with movie listings and show times.