Dimond Theater (1936)

The Dimond Theater was a movie theater in Oakland at 3422 Fruitvale Avenue. The theater opened in 1927 and closed in February, 1953.

Eventually, the former theater was gutted and remodeled into a Lucky supermarket. [ There is no Lucky's there now and no theater that I can see from here... Farmer Joe's is in a similar place with a different address (3426), but doesn't look much like that. Not sure when the renovation/destruction happened. ]

Originally, the theater was "Egyptian in style. The facade featured faux stone blocks, and a corbelled central window flanked by columns, and a tall vertical sign rising high above the roof.  In later years, the facade and signage were remodeled in Moderne style, with much neon." 1 The theater was designed by A. A. Cantin.

A Wurlitzer organ Opus 1278 Style 210 was installed in the Dimond Theater on February 24, 1926. 1

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Links and References

  1. Dimond Theatre Cinema Treasures
  2. ohrphoto.oaktheaters.012 Oakland History Center, Oakland Public Library