AKA: Lurie Theatre, Oakland, CA; Hippodrome Theatre, Oakland, CA

Structure Type: built works - performing arts structures - theatres

Designers: O'Brien and Werner, Architects (firm); Priteca, B. Marcus, Architect (firm); Matthew O'Brien (architect); Barnet Marcus Priteca (architect); Carl Werner (architect)

Dates: constructed 1912

416 12th Street
Downtown, Oakland, CA 94607-4012

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The Pantages Office Building and Theatre stood at 408-416 12th Street in Oakland.

Building History

Opened in 1912 as part of Alexander Pantages's vaudeville circuit; the Pantages, Oakland was known by the following names before its closure in 1947: Pantages (1912-1923), Lurie (1923-1926), Hippodrome (01/23/1926-1932), Premier (1932-1934), Roosevelt (02/20/1935-1939), and the Downtown (11/08/1939-c.1947).

In 1921, T.J. Myers managed the Pantages Theatre at 416 12th Street. (See Oakland, California, City Directory, 1921, p. 827.)

Writing on the Cinema Treasures.org website, theatre historian Joe Vogel said of the Oakland Pantages Theatre: "Various issues ofBuilding and Industrial Newsin 1911 indicate that the firm of O'Brien and Werner had already drawn the plans for this building before Alexander Pantages entered the project as lessee of the theater portion. At that time, B. Marcus Priteca was brought in to modify the theater design for Pantages. Had Priteca designed the building from the ground up, I’m sure the exterior would have been far more ornate than Matthew O'Brien and Carl Werner’s restrained commercial block." (See Joe Vogel, Cinema Treasures.org, "Downtown Theatre," accessed 03/15/2022.)

The building was incorporated into the next-door Oakland Tribune Building;

PCAD id: 1560