Posted in Buildings, Business

Newsreel Theaters

A news cinema or newsreel theatre is a cinema specializing in short films, shown continuously. They also occasionally show feature films.

Newsreel Theatre on Broadway

It was announced in July of 1941 that Oakland was to have a Newsreel Theater, a sister to the one in San Francisco.

Oakland Tribune August 1941


The 300 seat theater had spacious lounge rooms which provided accommodations for writing a letter, holding a business conference, reading the latest newspapers, magazines, etc.

Was Regent Theater

Oakland Tribune 1912

The building first housed the Regent Theater later the Regent Photo Theater.

Regent Theater
Broadway at 12th circa 1917 – showing the Regent Theater. Photo by CHeney Photo Advertising

Peerlex Theater 

Oakland Tribune Sept 10, 1954

In the mid-1950s, the Regent was renamed the Peerlex. The Peerlex offered three action hits for 50 cents.  

Pussycat Theater

By 1972 the Regent was rechristened the Pussycat Theater showing XXX adult movies.

Pussycat Theater

The city of Oakland acquired the theater by eminent domain in 1987.

Franklin Theater

The theater located at 1518 Franklin opened as the Bishop Theater in 1916 and then became the Fulton Playhouse in 1918. The building was designed by Edward T. Foulkes

The Bishop Playhouse – undated Oakland History Room Photo

In 1935 the Fulton reopened as the Franklin, taking its name from the previous Franklin Theater which had closed.

Newsreel Theater

The Franklin Theater closed and was reopened as the Newsreel Theater in October of 1939.

Telenews Theater at the Franklin Theater

Oakland Tribune October 1939

The Newsreel Theater closed and transformed into the Telenews Theatre at Franklin and 15th opened July 18, 1941

Oakland Tribune July 18, 1941

The theatre was the first to include local newsreel stories as part of the regular week’s program. Each program or show comprised some fifty news events, including the “Ringside Seat to World War Two” series with Regan McCrary.

Oakland Tribune July 18, 1941

During the opening week, they showed a “Salute to Oakland,” a film on Oakland’s industrial, civic, and community life. The film showed the new Woodminster Amphitheater, Lake Merritt, Mills College, Oakland’s High Schools, and City Hall.

Oakland Tribune July 18, 1941

The lobby included a large “Progressive War Map,” which was updated daily. Twelve clocks, showing the current time in cities throughout Europe, American, and Asia, and a teletype machine was also in the lobby.

Oakland Tribune July 18, 1941

Franklin Theater Once Again

When Telenews took over the Fox News Theater’s operation on Broadway in 1943, this theater became the Franklin once again and showed first-run movies.

Closed and Demolished 

The theater went dark in 1951.

Oakland Tribune April 17, 1953

Fox News Theater on Broadway

Regent Theatre

Located at 1906 Broadway, the 552-seat Fox News Theatre opened on July 3, 1942.  

Oakland Tribune July 1942

Fox Offers Timely Topics in Modern Show House.” – Oakland Tribune July 5, 1942

The Fox News Theater had a broadcasting studio in the downstairs lounge. Vital news programs, topics of the day were broadcasted on the KQW CBS outlet.

Telenews took over the operation on April 30, 1943. The theater was renamed The Broadway Telenews Theater.

Oakland Tribune Feb 22, 1953

Globe Theater

Oakland Tribune April 1954

On April 16, 1954, it was renamed Globe Theater and went over to screening feature films, with Dinah Sheridan in “Genevieve.” The latest newsreels were also shown.

Oakland Tribune April 1954

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Posted in Buildings, Early Montclair, History, Montclair, Real Estate

One of the Oldest Buildings in Montclair…or is it?

A while back, I was doing a simple search on buildings in Montclair. I came across this article (posted below) from 1962, with the attached photo. It was about the destruction of the building that was to be replaced with a new $125,000 building. The new building was called the Eberhart Building.

The Eberhart Building today – Google Maps

The Eberhart Building is still standing and is located at 2070 Mountain Blvd.

Oakland Tribune Jan 30, 1962

Of course, I needed to find out more about the building that was now just a pile of rubbish, as seen in the photo above.

The photo above shows the structure as it looks today. In researching the address, I find that the real estate firm Winder and Gahan first occupied the site in 1938.

According to the article from 1962 – In 1921, a group of real estate men stood with “high hopes” in front of a small Spanish style stucco building that looked entirely out of place in the open fields of the Montclair DIstrict.

There was just a building with a sign “tract office” on it, the open fields and a dusty, narrow road in in front of it.

Oakland Tribune Jan 30, 1962

Montclair in 1921

This is probably how Montclair looked when that group of men stood in from of the building “with high hopes.” I just don’t think they were standing in front of the same building that was demolished in 1962, as noted in the article. Unless it is the one on the right and they moved it and changed the style of it?

Sales offices of real estate broker and home builder
Cos Williams 6501 Moraga
Photo c1921 by Cheney Photo Advertising F-2830
Oakland Public Library, Oakland History Room.

The small building on the left of the above picture is the office of home builder Cos Williams. The street going uphill is La Salle Avenue. The address was 6501 Moraga Avenue.

Oakland Tribune 1925

New Real Estate Firm in Montclair

New Winder Offices in Montclair
6500 Moraga Avenue
Oakland Tribune Sep 24,1933

In 1933 A.H. WInder opened an office at the corner of Moraga Avenue and La Salle Avenue. The address was 6500 Moraga Avenue.

Winder was the exclusive sales agent for the Forest Park extension and Shepherd Canyon Park.

I bet you are wondering what this has to do with the building at 2070 Mountain Blvd. Trust me, it will all make sense soon.

Oakland Tribune

In 1936 A.H. WInder and J. J. Gahan formed a new firm called “Winder & Gahan Corporation.”

Winder & Gahan Offices
6500 Moraga Ave
Oakland Tribune 1936

New Location Announced

With the expiration of their present lease at 6500 Moraga Avenue,” states A.H.Winder, “we will build a new office on the on the recently -acquired site, using a frontage of 72 feet on Mountain Boulevard”

Oakland Tribune Oct 1937

Oakland Tribune Oct 24, 1937

In 1937 the real estate firm of Winder and Gahan announced the recent purchase by the firm a piece of land (Block “H”) in the heart of the business district, near the intersection of Moraga Avenue and Mountain Boulevard.

Block H” 2070 Mountain Blvd
Alameda County Parcel Map

The Heart of Montclair Business Center

Winder & Gahan moved into their new office at 2070 Mountain Boulevard in November of 1938.

The new building at 2070 Mountain Blvd.

It would eventually be the home of Eberhart Realty. I am not sure exactly when they moved to 2070 Mountain Boulevard.

My Research

Montclair from 1935
L84-20-HJW Geospatial Inc,
Pacific Aerial Surveys, Oakland CA,
Courtesy East Bay Regional Park District.

The above picture shows “Block H” is an empty piece of land. In 1938 Winder & Gahan would build their new offices there. That small building would be there until 1962. It was destroyed by a bulldozer, as noted in the first article I posted above. That would make the building only 24 years old.

Maybe they moved the other building that is in the photo from 1921 and updated and enlarged and added stucco. What do you think?

Google Maps – 6466 Moraga Ave

I think the building on the right is the oldest in Montclair. It is in the photos from the 1920s. It was the first home of the Montclair Realty Company. More on that later

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Posted in Homes, Model/Display Homes, Montclair, Montclair Tracts

Exposition Home – Montclair Highlands

Exposition Home – Located at 5988 Rincon Ave Oakland CA

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Oakland Tribune April 10, 1938
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Oakland Tribune April 17, 1938

Built-in 1938 in preparation for the upcoming Exposition Fair at Treasure Island in 1939.  The home is located in Montclair Highlands, the scenic tract of Emge and Stockman with sweeping views of the Golden Gate and Treasure Island can be seen from several windows.

 

Oakland_Tribune_Sun__Apr_17__1938_
Oakland Tribune Jul 1938

 

In July of 1938, Exposition House went on sale.  It was sold “completely furnished” and “specially priced” at  $18,450 (limited time only). The price also includes the large corner lot with a “panoramic view” and landscaped with shrubs and trees.

 

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Oakland Tribune July 1938

 

Opened April 1938

 

  • Frederick L Confer – Architect
  • J.R Armstrong  – Contractor
  • Ned S. Rucker Landscape Architect
  • Furnished by H.C. Capwell Company
  • Emge and Stockman
  • Montclair Highlands
  • Still standing

 

Location of Exposition Home

 

5988 Rincon Dr.

 

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