More than two years after being forced to close at its historic Park Boulevard locations, the beloved pizza-and-beer-serving Parkway Theater appears to have a new lease on life — and a new lease — at a new location in Oakland’s Uptown district, a few blocks from the Fox Theater. The new Parkway space is at 474 24th Street between Telegraph and Broadway, and as the East Bay Express is reporting, new operator J. Moses Ceaser struck a deal with the new location’s owners just under the wire — Ceaser has “hundreds of thousands of dollars in start-up funds contributed by more than one thousand investors” which he was going to have to forfeit if he didn’t make a deadline of December 30 for securing a new venue.
The space is raw at the moment, in a slightly desolate area, and is going to get $600,000 to $700,000 in capital improvements. It’s a 7,800-square-foot warehouse space, and in addition to a new kitchen Ceaser will be outfitting it with two screening rooms and a café/bar area. The plan is to serve pizza as well as a “wide range of other foods” which patrons will be able to bring into the theater with them, just like they could at the old spot. Ceaser is aiming to have the new Parkway
No word on whether the musty dorm couches from the old space will be replaced.
In related news, the Roxie Theater in the Mission will soon be serving beer and wine as well, assuming all goes well with the ABC.