Paramount Theatre

2025 Broadway, Oakland, California


Paramount Theatre

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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The Paramount Theatre is one of the finest remaining examples of Art Deco design in the United States. It was one of the first Depression-era buildings to incorporate and integrate the work of numerous creative artists into its architecture and is particularly note-worthy for its successful orchestration of the various artistic disciplines into an original and harmonious whole. The theatre was painstakingly restored in 1973 and was entered in the National Register of Historic Places on August 14th of that year. On May 5, 1977, the Paramount Theatre was declared a National Historic Landmark. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS CA-1976)

"This is the 'Art Deco,' or 'Moderne' style of movie palace built during the rise of the motion picture industry. The Paramount, which opened on December 16, 1931, is the most ambitious theatre design of architect Timothy L. Pflueger. Restored in 1973, it has retained an exceptional unity of style." - California Historic Landmark No.884

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 14, 1973
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Architectural style
Modern Movement: Art Deco
Areas of significance
Art; Entertainment/Recreation; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
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Historic function
Current function
Period of significance
Significant year

Update Log 

  • March 26, 2019: Updated by Richard Doody: Added historical info
  • December 28, 2011: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger