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.
This grand old movie house, located just a block from Oakland's Lake Merritt, has four screens for your viewing pleasure. Before select Friday and Saturday evening shows, guests are treated to the bombastic sounds of the theater's famous "Mighty Wurlitzer Organ." For a most enjoyable experience, sit back and relax with popcorn and a soda from the refreshment stand. Make sure to check the marquee for some of the owners now famous political commentary on the issues of the day.
Oakland Museum of California is an architectural work of art and is filled with a variety of educational exhibits, both permanent and temporary, that chronicles many aspects of California history. The permanent displays include a gallery of California art, a simulated journey through California's diverse ecosystems, and exhibits on the history of the state's multicultural populations. Many people visit the museum just to stroll through its amazing sculpture garden. With artworks and historical heritage of the past, the museum wants to motivate visitors to create an equally brilliant cultural heritage for the future. This museum is a must-visit especially for those who love exploring historical developments peculiar to an area.
This is a Port of Oakland attraction named after the famous author and Oakland native. The charming waterfront property is filled with numerous entertainment options and quality dining and shopping establishments. Some of the highlights include awesome views, strolls on the boardwalk, amazing restaurants, and the famous Yoshi's Jazz House. You may enjoy the selection of numerous great boutiques plus a movie theater, ferry cruises, and special events like a Farmer's Market every Sunday and an antiques and collectibles show the first Saturday of every month.
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.
This park consists of 16 Victorian houses concentrated in downtown Oakland. Each of the homes, which are sometimes open for tours, dates back to between 1870 and 1910 (the latter are technically Edwardian, but the designs are still charming). Some areas of the Victorian park are also available for weddings, meetings, and private parties. Take in five different styles of architecture and beautifully landscaped gardens. In addition to a lovely walk along a scenic street, you will be enjoying a glimpse of what Oakland looked like in the old days. The park is free and open to the public.
Betti Ono is a colorful, popular art gallery located in Downtown Oakland. The space is always showing exhibitions of contemporary art from local, emerging artists. During Oakland's massive First Friday Art Murmur, the gallery often hosts the openings of its shows, which are always a huge hit with art lovers. The gallery is also available for rent for private events.
Located in the middle of Downtown Theater District is a multifaceted entertainment hub. Spanning across 24,000 square feet (2229.67 square meters) Venue Oakland features three floors with four unique spaces that has made it a popular destination. 510 Spokes is for all the cycling enthusiasts with parking and repair facilities while Blend is a juice bar. Vinyl is a funky restaurant and lounge, and Grand-Live is used for live music, fashion shows, comedy nights and media films. No matter whichever venue you choose to go, you will find this place always buzzing with something or the other.
Downtown Oakland's Joyce Gordon Gallery presents a riveting display of some of the most celebrated fine art works by regional as well as global artists. Housed in the magnificent Art Community Building, its exhibits portray the cultural potpourri of Bay Area and surrounding neighborhoods. The gallery provides a thriving platform to emerging artists and helps them to introduce their works to a larger art-loving audience. The on-site gift shop stacks an interesting selection of locally produced prints, crafts and other artifacts.