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March 26, 2010

In 3D

Filed under: Alameda, Alameda Theater, Business, Development — Lauren Do @ 6:22 am

Did everyone catch the Wall Street Journal article on the Alameda Theatre?   It was a bit of a fluffy piece, but nice nonetheless.    However, the photo of the theater exterior is clearly an older photo because it doesn’t have the bulb outs that were built in to protect the marquee from Pepsi trucks.  Excerpt:

“The Alameda and [Oakland’s] Fox are successful rehabilitation examples,” says Katherine Petrin, an architectural historian and board member of the San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to saving local cinemas. “But both were major undertakings that required huge commitments and public funds from their respective communities.”

So remember when I mentioned that the Civic Center Vision for the CVS lot included some movie screens?   According to Andrew Thomas who presented the vision at the Planning Board meeting (informational only, no action taken) the movie theater is doing really really well.   So well that they could totally use the additional five screens for showings.

By the by, I caught Alice in Wonderland in 3D last weekend and the theater we were in (I think some of the smaller ones) was packed.   Those 3D glasses can get pretty uncomfortable by the way and trying to fit them over my glasses (nearsighted) was a bit challenging.   I couldn’t get them to stay on without tucking the glasses in my hair.   One of these days someone will make a goggle style that will fit over glasses perfectly, but I digress.

Evidently there is some problem with the theft of 3D glasses because they not only have a little tracking tag on it, but also they have a kid guarding the outside of the door when you leave to promptly collect the glasses when the movie is over.

Anyway, speaking of the Civic Center Vision, the Planning Board had some interesting opinions on it, liking it, but being concerned about the process.   Turns out this process of introduce first, ask for feedback later was a cost cutting move because holding community meetings to get feedback and then make the drawings is very very expensive.   But like one of the Planning Board members said (either Ann Cook or Rebecca Kohlstrand, I’d have to revisit the video) democracy is expensive.

More on this some other time, but other issues that came up at the Planning Board meeting was along the lines of, “yeah that’s great, more resources for the Park Street area, but what about Webster Street?”



  1. sounds like they can afford not to be the only screens in the east bay with non-union projectionists.

    Comment by M.I. — March 26, 2010 @ 8:45 am

  2. Glad to see Alameda in the WSJ … the theater pics are from this gallery:

    Comment by alameda — March 26, 2010 @ 9:08 am

  3. at least the light bulbs on the west side of the ALAMEDA marquee are lit in the photo

    Comment by Jack Richard — March 26, 2010 @ 9:18 am

  4. NOOO! a big paper is talking about alameda! now OUT OF TOWNERS will come in! flee!!

    Comment by E — March 26, 2010 @ 11:39 am

  5. #4. Well, people who read the WSJ are likely not considered a threat.

    Comment by Kate Quick — March 26, 2010 @ 3:00 pm

  6. POST #2
    Bruce Damonte pictures of the theater. WOW I teared up just looking at them.

    Comment by John Piziali — March 26, 2010 @ 9:31 pm

  7. Andrew Thomas presented the Civic Center “vision” at the Transportation Commission’s “work session” last Wednesday, too. (The TC could not muster a quorum thanks to Mayor Beverly Johnson’s decision to not fill three slots that opened up in June 2009.)

    Andrew Thomas got the same messages at the TC as he did at the PB:

    1) criticism on the closed process and the sudden
    unveiling of what looked like a plan that had been developed “in secret,” and

    2) the continuing overemphasis on Park Street to the detriment of Webster Street and the West End.

    The fact that Alameda has no money whatsoever to add an addition to City Hall or a new parking garage
    did not escape those of us in attendance, either.

    One has to wonder whether city officials are trying to regain “face” lost during the recent Measure B campaign and Alameda Point developments. (This civic center exploration started with questions about reusing the Carnegie that came up last fall.)

    Comment by Jon Spangler — March 29, 2010 @ 4:06 pm

  8. “10 years plus” working on Alameda Point and we got nothing.
    What in the hell is our city government doing?
    If we don’t have the money to bring the citizens on board to help with the vision then perhaps we should wait until we do.
    Also I am one citizen that is getting really tired of Webster Street being ignored to its detrement.

    Comment by John Piziali — March 30, 2010 @ 3:14 pm

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