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The Palace Theater

1445 23rd Ave Oakland, CA 94606

The International Black Women’s Film Festival is proud to be a part of resurgence and revitalizing efforts of the historic landmark the Palace Theater!

Managed by the arts collaborative Lucid Dream Loung, Inc., the Palace Theater was built in 1923 as a vaudevillian theater featuring some of the most talented and long forgotten greats.  In 1931 she was built-out to look like a palace with cityscape walls and a large proscenium arch that featured the best movies of the day.  This original work is still intact by 80% and is undergoing restoration.  In 1953 the theater was converted into a Baptist church, and it is in this form that she stayed for 60 years.  Once again the Palace Theater is a neighborhood arts and events fixture.

The Palace Theater is extremely easy to access by public transportation, automobile, bicycle or by walking.

The Palace Theater is a vital link in revitalizing the San Antonio district in Oakland, California, and restoring the Palace to its original art deco origins. Through future volunteer efforts, the festival is committed to participating in the restoration of this grand theater and to the efforts of the LDL, Inc.!

Link to Google Map directions: https://goo.gl/maps/ta4ArDtA61G2

Public Transportation


From San Francisco/West Bay

  1. Catch a Richmond or Pittsburgh/Baypoint train to going to Oakland/East Bay.
  2. Disembark at the 12th Street BART Station.
  3. Walk upstairs to catch the 1/1R Bay Fair or 40 Bay Fair (AC Transit).

AC Transit: 1, 1R, 40 Bay Fair

  1. Take the 1, 1R or 40 at the 12th Street BART Station.
  2. The 1, 1R will get you closer to the theater. Disembark at International Boulevard and 23rd Avenue.
  3. Walk up 23rd Avenue.
  4. The theater is 1/2 block (2 minute walk) from the bus stop.
  5. For the 40 Bay Fair, disembark at Foothill Boulevard and 23rd Avenue. Walk up 23rd Avenue 1 block (3 minute walk).


More information is available on the “Travel & Accommodations” page at: http://www.ibwff.com/travel/

Map & Directions

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