Thursday, February 23, 2012

the old Allendale Theater

I wonder what it's like living in a converted theater?   This is the site of the Allendale Theater constructed in 1927 at the beginning of talkies era.  It is located in East Oakland at 38th and Liese Avenues just below MacArthur Blvd.  Surprising to me, the theater was converted to apartments in 1949!  I thought conversions like this were a recent phenomenon.

17 comments:

  1. Hi, thanks for the posting here, I must say that old things always look good like apartments Allendale which are renowned since a long time and when it comes to get new houses , that place is the first choice for people.

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  2. This is a nice photo. I took a close look at all of the detail on the building. One good thing about living in a converted theater is that there are plenty of seats for your guest and visitors ;-)

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  3. WOW! 1949?!
    «Louis» has got to cruise by and see this gem. He had no idea it was there!

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  4. Nothing like coming home to the smell of popcorn in the air. This is a sharp looking building.

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  5. What an interesting apartment building! It is wonderful that the theatre was adapted and converted rather than being razed for "progress." I would love to see one of the apts.

    Bises,
    Genie

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  6. Whoa, you shocked me with that conversion date, someone was way ahead of their time. It is funny, I was walking by a small theater like that in the Haight, and it too had been converted. No windows in front like this which made me wonder if there were just lots and lots of sky lights or, windows in the back that I couldn't see.

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  7. I'm not sure this is Oakland's high rent district.

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  8. I love this place. Since this week I saw "The Artist" and "Hugo" and The Reynolds-Price play "New Music (Part I-- 1927), I'm kinda stuck in this era! Maybe I should call and check for vacancies!!! LOL!

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  9. Haunted... the first word that comes to mind at the thought of actually dwelling in an old theater. Spooky!

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  10. They've done some nice paint detail since the 80's. I lived there for a year or so from 1988-9, when I graduated from Cal. It was my very first apartment. My friend spoke French, and I brought her along to help me sign the lease because the landlady was French. She and my friend hit it off right away, and I was a "shoo in"! I had a little studio on the 2nd floor, which had a small kitchen, a walk-in closet and a dank-looking shower (but I got used to it). When I looked out my two windows, I had a view of the Oakland hills and the Mormon Temple. When I had guests over, I told them to stand on my masking tape "X" in the middle of Liese St., and call my name. All I had to do was look out my window and call down to them that I'd be right down to open the door. It was a great first apartment.

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  11. Yes, we've got one of these in our suburb and it's pretty recent. I've always been curious about how the volume of the auditorium is or is not divided.

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  12. This is really intriguing, I would love to see the interior. The façade is really cool.

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  13. What an interesting apartment building! It is wonderful

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  14. Nice!!
    I also stay at grand valley apartments as they provided good services. These apartments are luxurious and also have internet facility.

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