The New Parkway Theater is undoubtably one of Oakland’s best kept secrets. The theater strives to bring back a sense of community in the Downtown Oakland area, a throwback to the original Parkway Theater
that was open from 1996-2009. New Parkway does just that, by blending delicious food and drink, a variety of regular community events, and of course, a movie for everyone. While New Parkway does show a couple of big budget features weekly, they also offer an ever-changing schedule of indie, cult, anime, kids, and classic films. Movies generally cost between $8 and $10 dollars, and they offer $1 off to students, seniors, and cyclists who bring their helmet in. Check out the theater on Karma Cinema Night, every Wednesday and pay what you can with 20% of donations benefiting an Oakland nonprofit. The menu
at New Parkway’s café comes complete with not only theater standards like popcorn and candy, but a full range of delicious meals and a wide variety of beers, ciders, and wines from local breweries and wineries. The mystery meal is always a fun choice, offered in meat, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options! Even the screening rooms themselves are on a different level than the traditional movie-going experience, trading in those uncomfortable stand-alone theater seats for comfy couches, love-seats, even bean bag chairs! If a movie just isn’t fitting the mood check out New Parkway’s daily community event calendar
to see what’s happening on the theater’s mezzanine.