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Best Theaters in Oakland

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The Flight Deck

One of the biggest stages for art and entertainment in the city, The Flight Deck features a plethora of inspirational performances throughout the year. Aimed at promoting and nurturing artistic talent, this venue stages numerous art-related events and shows featuring artists and performers from across the country. A rather versatile venue, this spot is all about expression and creativity. With a number of mind-numbing theater acts, dance performances, concerts, musicals, festivals and art exhibitions hosted almost everyday, there literally is no end to the excitement at this venue.

Oakland, CA, United States
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Fox Theater

The Fox Theater in Oakland is a one-of-a-kind live entertainment venue that has been packing in cinema and music lovers since 1928. Originally a movie theater and theater, the venue switched to being primarily a cinema until 1966 when it finally closed its doors along with several other businesses in downtown Oakland. It was nearly demolished after it had been vacant for some time; however, the Fox Theater avoided demolition when it was declared an Oakland City Landmark. The venue reopened in February 2009 as a concert hall and music venue; it has a complete re-imagined decor with giant golden Buddhas and Middle Eastern architecture. The venue is general admission (standing room) on the ground level and stadium seating on the upper levels.

Oakland, CA, United States
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Paramount Theatre

The Paramount Theatre is the home of the Oakland Ballet and the Oakland East Bay Symphony. It is the area's foremost facility for performing arts and is known for its grand music concerts, variety shows and movies. Constructed in the post-Depression period of 1931, the Paramount Theatre is best remembered for fusing various disciplines of arts together into a harmonious whole. The Paramount frequently screens old movie classics complete with intermission with bar service.

Oakland, CA, United States
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Altarena Playhouse

In operation since 1938, Altarena Playhouse has garnered raves for its live theatrical performances. From standup comedy shows and plays to musicals and dance performances, the theater has been host to all over the years. Classical concerts also take place here from time to time and numerous guests performers have graced the stage at Altarena Playhouse. Of Mice and Men, A Streetcar Named Desire and Death of a Salesman are just some of the classic productions that have been staged here. If you want a glimpse of the local cultural scene, then check out the schedule of Altarena Playhouse and head there for their next show.

Alameda, CA, United States
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Woodminster Amphitheater

Come to Woodminster Amphitheater and enjoy a magical performance under a star studded sky. Set in the Joaquin Miller Park, the place has a serene ambiance with a lot of picnic spots, trails for walking and greenery. Host to a number of plays and performances, the venue is a popular hub among the local youths. One can even head down for a walk on the grounds after a performance.

Oakland, CA, United States
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Bal Theatre

The Bal Theatre in San Leandro donned a new avatar after years of closure. Bought over by the dashing entrepreneur Dan Dillman, it hosts live music and comedy nights, screenings of independent and foreign films, Spanish classes and private events. Audiences love this theater for the sheer luxury it affords them in terms of spacious aisles, ample legroom, an impressive stage layout and refreshment stands.

San Leandro, CA, United States
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Chanticleers Theatre

In operation since 1948, Chanticleers Theatre is the perfect entertainment venue for the patrons looking for some performances by local artists. Hosting everything from live theatrical performances and concerts to comedy shows and musicals, the theatre has won multiple awards over the years. Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Fiddler on the Roof and New Wrinkles are just some of the productions that have been staged here in the past. Comprising of 99 seats, the theater not only offer an intimate experience to the audience, but also offers complimentary snacks and drinks during the intermission.

Castro Valley, CA, United States
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Douglas Morrisson Theatre

In operation since 1979, Douglas Morrisson Theatre is one of the best theaters in the city to watch some live performances. Boasting of 229 seats, the theater hosts various comedy shows and local theatrical performances on a regular basis. Operated by the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, the theater also encourages children and teenagers to get a taste of theater. A number of shows are put up by adolescents year after year a the Douglas Morrisson Theatre. Workshops on music, acting and movement are also held on-site, for children and adults alike. you want a glimpse of the local cultural scene, then check out the schedule of Douglas Morrisson Theatre and head there for their next show.

Hayward, CA, United States
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