Monday, December 3, 2012

Fox Oakland Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, c.1935

This fanciful “Brahmanian Temple” movie palace opened in 1928. One of the largest theaters on the Pacific Coast with more than 3,400 seats, it was designed by San Francisco firm Weeks & Day, and constructed by Oakland builder Maury I. Diggs. The architecture was described as Indian, Moorish, Medieval and Baghdadian. On opening day, West Coast Theaters bought the entire Key System line
for an hour, allowing patrons to ride inbound trains for free, resulting in the turnout of 20,000.

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