Paramount Theatre, Oakland, California
GRAND LOBBY (facing east)
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Photographer: David Wakely

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GRAND LOBBY FACING EAST

"The extraordinary grand lobby, with its soft green 'canopy of light' framed in gold, its amber 'fountain of light,' its flanking vermilion piers, its delicately white-veined black marble trimmed in silvery metal, its predominently red carpet, and its accents of burnished gold, is absolutely unique in design and without precedent. What is perhaps the most amazing element in this lobby is that there is no solid end wall and no solid ceiling!"

- excerpted from J. R. Miller and T. L. Pflueger press release
(Historic American Buildings Survey Document No. CA-1976)

"The dominating motif of the grand lobby is the huge green patterned panel of light hung as it were longitudinally in one great tapis-vert of corruscating embroidery with borders of labyrinthine fret-work around a field of diamond shaped patterns and illusive stalactites of seeming vitreous illumination, magically worked with patches and spiculae of green light itself as through unseen lenses were focussing all the color of the forest on to a bed of monster crystals.

The whole beaded glittering area does not however suggest the hardness of reflecting quartz but the softness and illusiveness of dappling sun beams filtered through spring foliage and falling on the rippling waves of a moss-bottomed brook."


- J.S. Cahill, Architect and Engineer, March, 1932

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