The Paramount Theatre, located at 2025 Broadway in downtown Oakland, CA, was designed by Timothy L. Pflueger and constructed in 1931. Originally a grand Art Deco movie palace, it’s now home to the the Oakland East Bay Symphony and the Oakland Ballet, and also hosts concerts, lectures and classical film screenings.
The building is notable for its freestyle Art Deco design whose details employed many artisans across different disciplines. This mosaic façade, designed by Gerald Fitzgerald, is 110-foot tall!
The entry ceiling is very glamorous in the evening:
Lovely reliefs of flora and fauna:
Obligatory terrazzo action stripes:
Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos of the interior to share with you [check out a few here]. Years ago, I used to see movies here and even took a docent-led tour; this time around, I just walked past and checked out the outside. Believe me, the interior is completely ornate and over the top.
Timothy L. Pflueger was a prominent San Francisco-based architect; I have photos of a few more of his buildings to share here eventually.