Saturday, April 27, 2013

Showtime

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Organ player at the Paramount Theatre, still the best shot I got with the phone.

The Paramount is a historic 1931 art-deco movie palace in the Uptown neighborhood of Oakland, every inch of the place gilded and sculpted with grand elegance that probably couldn't be duplicated now. The Wiki has a few shots of things like the four-story grand lobby and decorations; the phone did OK with clarity, but introduced a lot of noise in the low light. Will try to clean up a few.

The theatre holds concerts for the most part nowadays, but they also have old movie nights for $5 every month - a chance to see the classics in their intended setting. Last night was "The Maltese Falcon", complete with cartoon and news reel. Plus they gave away prizes from local vendors and got to show off the stage, which raises and lowers to the orchestra pit. Beer and wine is available with pop (almost said soda!) and popcorn, which helps lure in the folks out for a night on the town.

Interesting and affordable, bless the folks that make it happen.