What happens when you take a projector, fill a room with comfy couches, add some delicious food and beer, and do it all with love? You get Oakland’s beloved Parkway Theater.
Following in the spirit of the iconic picture pizza pub, the New Parkway Theater is an eclectic movie-going experience where people not only come to watch movies but to have an unforgettable night out with friends and community. Each week, we offer 10-15 different movies over 40+ screenings, yummy comfort food and drink, community-building activities many times a week, and all at some of the Bay Area’s best prices. So come enjoy a movie with us while sitting on a couch, enjoying a freshly cooked meal, and washing it down with local wine or beer on tap. And doing it all for under $25.
Tickets for most movies are $10, though Doc Nights and some other special films are $12. We offer a $1 discount for students, seniors, and cyclists who bring their helmets in. Kids three and under are free. All Karma Cinema Wednesday films are pay-what-you-can with 20% going to our monthly Karma Cinema partner.
See you at the movies!
The New Parkway Theater strives for excellence in all that we do, specifically in the following five areas:
- We strive to give our patrons a high quality movie going experience that is unique from most other movie going experiences.
- We strive to be a wonderful place to work, where employees are excited to come to work, are treated fairly, and share in the profits of the business.
- We strive to be a truly sustainable business, one that puts people and the planet over profit, and that considers the long-term health of our patrons and our neighbors as we shape our business practices.
- We strive to promote community within the theater and beyond by connecting strangers who might not otherwise meet and by encouraging greater learning and understanding through our diverse offerings.
- We strive to be accessible and welcoming to everyone in Oakland and beyond, through being affordable and by offering programming that appeals to a cross section of all residents.
Rules & Regulations
We don’t have tons of rules at the New Parkway, but we certainly have some that are key to the sustainability and lovability of the theater. For this reason, we’re serious about the ones we have and reserve the right to kick you out (or worse) for the following transgressions:
- No Cell Phones–once you go into the theater, please turn off your cell phone and don’t even think about taking a call, reading texts, texting, etc. It’s annoying to everyone in the theater and we’ll warn you once and then we’ll ask you to leave. And we won’t refund your money. Don’t be an angry cell phone user like this person.
- No Outside Food–we have really good food and drink at the theater at very reasonable prices, so please don’t bring yours in (if you have some extreme dietary restrictions, we’re happy to make an exception). It’s actually as much an issue of waste as anything else since we try to use all reusable plateware, glassware, etc, and take out food joints don’t seem to have the same ethos about the planet.
- Don’t Steal our Stuff–please don’t be that person who finds cool things in our movie theater and takes them home. Please don’t take our glassware, silverware, collectables, the like. If you’d like to take home something from the New Parkway, consider buying a tee shirt or movie tokens. Those are fun mementos and they won’t kill your karma. Plus, we have security cameras everywhere. Ones that see in the dark!
- Smile and Be Friendly–not a rule but strongly encouraged. It’s a community theater after all, which means “theater” + “community”.
- Don’t Get Hella Drunk–after a certain point, it’s no fun for you, no fun for us, and vomit doesn’t look good on your outfit (or in our theater) and doesn’t impress that special someone you came with or are looking to meet. Have a drink or two, not eight or ten.
- Clean Up after Yourself–please help us maintain a lovely theater by busing your own dishes at the end of the night. We have recycling, composting, and traditional trash, and we’re trying to reduce our ecological footprint by using less and then reusing what we can. Also, if you brought any outside trash into the theater, please be so kind as to take said trash out of the theater when you leave.
- Leave the Furniture where you Found It — because it’s a loveseat theater, most of our seating is non-traditional, so it’s not bolted to the ground. But please don’t move it. There are very strict fire code regulation and we don’t want to endanger you or any of our other patrons. The exception to this are the beanbag chairs and black rocking chairs at the front of theater 2. Those are meant to be moved around, and we just ask that you don’t block aisles with them.
- No Saving Seats without a Purchased Ticket — if you need to save a seat for someone who is coming later, buy a ticket for that person and leave it at the box office. Otherwise, that seat is open game for seatless patrons.
- Don’t Buy Beer for Minors–this is the kind of shit that could get us shut down. Don’t do it!
- No Smoking (of any kind)!–for reasons of safety and legality, do your smoking elsewhere. We have a zero tolerance policy for smoking of any kind inside the theater. It’s a danger to the theater and to our patrons. And no exceptions, even for the Big Lebowski!
- Lastly, consider talking to strangers, sharing a couch with someone new, staying for an after-show discussion, or doing one of a whole host of things that you can’t do at your big box movie theater.
- If the show is oversold or cancelled, refunds can be issued up to 30 minutes after the start of the show at the box office/ concession counter. Refunds will not be issued if requested after the day of the show.
- Tickets may be refunded or exchanged /swapped (based on availability) up to 30 minutes before the show time (or prior to the close of sales for the event, whichever comes first) at the box office.
- Refunds must be done in person at the box office with the ticket/booking reservation present and the credit card used to make the purchase. Refunds cannot be conducted on the telephone, by text, or by email.
- Tickets purchased online can be swapped for a scheduled show of the same value via email if requested 24 hours in advance of the earliest show time. Please send an email, including your booking number to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please let us know for which show you would like to exchange your tickets.
- If the purchaser is unable to come to the theater for a refund movie tokens can be requested by emailing email@example.com, emails should be sent 24 hours before the show time (or prior to the close of sales for the event, whichever comes first); tokens will be mailed out within 7 days of the request.
- If the purchaser misses the movie, for any reason, the tickets expire at show’s start time and are not refundable.