New Parkway Theater
The lobby at The New Parkway

Sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone to find a new one. That?s exactly what happened when we went to see a movie at the New Parkway Theater over in Oakland.

Don?t be deterred by the graffiti out front: Once you?re inside the newly renovated theater, the lobby sets a relaxed tone with its vintage high-top tables and barstools. The two large living-room-style screening rooms are filled with comfy couches, chairs and coffee tables. Old-school details like rotary phones give the space a homey feel. And in the spirit of the old Parkway, which had a devoted community following, moviegoers are encouraged to have post-show discussions.

The New Parkway is currently playing a number of Oscar contenders (including Life of Pi and The Sessions), as well as classic crowd-pleasers like The Goonies and independent documentaries. Tickets are a refreshing $6. The theater also airs prime-time TV events, including the upcoming presidential inauguration.

One of the biggest draws is the theater?s menu, which is full of comfort food, and its selection of wine and local beers. Take your drinks to your seats and your order will be delivered to you. We suggest the hefty-sized Seinfeldian Big Salad, which changes based on seasonal ingredients, and the homemade sangria with pomegranate molasses.

474 24th St.; 510-658-7900 or thenewparkway.com

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