Paramount Theatre, Oakland, California
LOWER SUITE WOMEN'S LOUNGE
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Photographer: David Wakely

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LOWER SUITE WOMEN'S LOUNGE

"The plaster walls of the women's lounge in the basement are painted a warm gray, except for the red fluted pilaster strips thinly edged with silver that flank each rounded corner. The four corners of this square room contain floor-to-ceiling concave quarterround amber back-lit etched glass panels, creating an unusual spatial effect. Wall openings are trimmed in narrow silvery metal, and the narrow molded cornice strip is also silvered. A large silvered plaster bas-relief, representing a female nude blowing a slender horn and sitting precariously on a goat prancing over a stylized cloud and shooting star, is centered on the east wall opposite the entrance.

The wide periphery of the ceiling, variously reported as tan or orchid, forms an extremely shallow cove, on which shallow silver flutes, corresponding in width to the wall openings, are centered. The intermediate zone of the ceiling is slightly recessed, its corners negotiated by convex compound curves. A large recessed extremely shallow silvered saucer dome occupies the center of the ceiling and contains a very large-scaled plaster centerpiece of stylized foliation from which depends a two-tiered frosted glass lobe-edged light fixture accented by radiating metal spokes.

There were originally figured portieres at the doorways. Original furniture included, or includes, an upholstered sofa with very slender moderne lines and gilded or silvered ball feet, a pair of lamp tables en suite with the sofa, and upholstered side chairs in a moderne version of the Regency Grecian manner."


- Historic American Buildings Survey Document No. CA-1976

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