Today I took my camera club to the Paramount Theater in Oakland, California. The Paramount Theatre is a 3,040 seat Art Deco movie theater built in 1931, and it was the largest multi-purpose theater on the West Coast, seating 3,476 people at that time. Today, the Paramount is the home of the Oakland East Bay Symphony and the Oakland Ballet, it regularly plays host to R&B, jazz, blues, pop, rock, gospel, classical music, as well as ballets, plays, stand-up comedy, lecture series, special events, and screenings of classic movies from Hollywood’s Golden Era.
What’s even more exciting about this theater for me is that in 1977 my high school had it’s graduation here. I believe we were the first class to graduate here, but I’m sure some of my friends from high school will let me know if I’m not remembering that correctly. I’ve also been to many concerts here including Jerry Seinfeld and more recently the late Natalie Cole.
While the theater is full of amazing color, for some reason I had an urge to do a black and white rendition for my first photo. A blast of color will be coming soon so stay tuned!