Bay Area seniors who want more for the $7.75 discount admission than seats in a cold-hearted multiplex with too many commercials, are encouraged to trek to the Alameda Theater. This deco film palace was restored a few years ago to its original grandeur, its gorgeous lobby now as grand as ever, with silver and gold leaf embossed walls and ceiling, elegant torcheres and glittering crystal chandeliers. The original design by Timothy Pfleuger, celebrated for his work at SF’s Castro Theater and Oakland’s Paramount, opened in 1932. There is, however, nothing depressing about this Depression masterpiece except that it now has seven screens most of which have unfortunate, in-your-face stadium seating.

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