"Ornate" and "sweeping" only begin to describe the Crest Theatre, whose rich history extends back to 1912, when it was opened as a vaudeville house. Within its gargantuan auditorium, plush seats perch in subtly curved rows while elaborate lights and a sea-blue ceiling wash the space in ethereal hues. Moviegoers settle into the elegant confines to take in both new and classic films, reading the subtitles in a whisper to stuffed animals that forgot their glasses. Out in the lobby, a richly patterned carpet and bronzed floral motif cover the sprawling space as visitors belly up to the bar and snack on high-quality goodies.
There's nothing routine about teeth cleanings at Laguna Village Dental. Amir Shad, DDS and his dental staff use a customized mix of medicated gels, prescription mouth rinses, and vibrating Ultrasonic scalers, when necessary, to lift plaque and restore oral health. Performing these regular cleanings, as well as keeping patients informed about at-home care, is the foundation of the staff's preventative care. When cosmetic or restorative treatments are in order, however, Dr. Shad channels more than a decade's worth of experience in perfecting smiles with technologies that range from Lumineers veneers to Invisalign treatments.
After three decades as lead singer of renowned progressive-metal band Queensrÿche, Geoff Tate shows fans a strummier side on his West Coast acoustic tour. Tate turns his mellifluous pipes on an unplugged set that includes songs from his 2002 self-titled solo album, Queensrÿche classics, and Andrew Lloyd Webber favorites. The stripped-down style brings Tate's famously brooding voice and complex melodies, along with a less expected sense of groove, to the fore. The show opens with an acoustic trio led by special guest Jaime Kyle, who has written songs for luminaries including Faith Hill. Originally a movie palace, the art deco Uptown Theatre Napa evokes the splendor of Hollywood's golden age, and the auditorium's 860 plush seats keep guests comfy during concerts and postshow discussions with ushers over the semantics of the phrase "you have to leave."
The independently owned Roxy Stadium 11 regales patrons with the flickering pictures and digital sounds of the latest blockbusters and the sizable snack bar. A colorful lobby greets guests as they meander past towering pillars that stretch toward an arched ceiling swathed in neon lights and bold swaths of royal blue. Aisles of cushioned auditorium seats allow moviegoers to choose the spot closest to the screen or furthest from the person sobbing emphatically during coming attractions. High-tech projectors digitally unspool films in each theater, with RealD 3-D technology transmitting some flicks in three vibrant dimensions. To silence distracting mid-movie hunger pangs, staffers in the concessions area whip up fresh batches of Orville Redenbacher popcorn and Nathan's hot dogs alongside other traditional theater fare.
The Pacific Film Archive is the Berkeley Art Museum’s venue for all things filmic, cinematic, and animatic, offering screenings, collections, and events and seminars that explore the rich world of motion pictures. An individual membership to the archive comes with a reel's worth of celluloidal benefits, including free admission to the PFA gallery, discounts on tickets to film screenings, and free artist discussions and lectures. With reciprocal membership privileges at more than 30 university art museums, you can become a fixture in the film world, which, unlike the spontaneous-rock-hurling world, is a vibrant, supportive community.
At The New Parkway Theater, viewers nestle into love seats or lounge on cozy couches while munching on comfort food and popcorn, a weekend viewing party writ large. If its owners had their way, the biggest difference between a friend's house and their theater would be the size of the screen. Conceived as a community space, New Parkway's colorful cafe and couch-filled screening rooms encourage showgoers to make friends, sitting with strangers and striking up conversations with particularly interesting throw pillows. An ever-changing schedule reinforces the space's sense of discovery, constantly cycling through indie darlings, classic flicks, and second-run blockbusters.
The menu of comfort food comes out of the kitchen and straight to the seats, letting viewers chow down during flicks. Prepared with locally sourced ingredients, options include burgers, grilled cheese sandwiches, and spicy fries. Beer and wine selections all come from brewers and vintners within 100 miles of Oakland.