The Historic Grand Lake Theater


In 1926, the Reid Brothers' design for the Grand Lake Theater was completed for West Coast Theaters, Inc.

March 6, 1926 marked the grand opening of this Vaudeville Show and Silent Movie House.

In 1928, West Coast Theaters, Inc. became part of the Fox Theater Chain.
Vaudeville Shows were discontinued after talking pictures (known as 'talkies') became popular.
In 1980, Allen Michaan, owner of Renaissance Rialto, Inc. purchased the ground lease,
opening the theater as a single screen Movie Palace

Photo copyright: Tom Paiva 1991

Two main expansions:
Expansion #1 - 1981 The main balcony seating was transformed into auditorium #2

Expansion #2 - 1985 Storefronts along Grand Avenue were transformed into small movie palace themed auditoriums.
They were connected to the main theater by enclosing an exter
ior alleyway.

Auditorium 3 - Egyptian 1920's style

Auditorium 4 - Moorish style

Grand Lake Theater

(510) 452-3556

3200 Grand Ave. Oakland,California