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Best Place for a Good Beer and a Film

By William Brand
Friday, August 5th, 2005 at 7:28 pm in Uncategorized.

If you live in the Eastbay, like films and beer and being social, there’s a must destination for you: It’s the Parkway Theater, 1834 Park Blvd. That’s near Lake Merritt. Info line: 5109-814-2400, office: 510–848-1994.

Saw Batman Begins there Wednesday night with my son, Zach. It’s simply a treasure. No theater chairs; instead there are couches and easy chairs and tables. A full menu, not the best food you ever ate, but OK.

And there is beer — I sipped a pint of Mendocino’s Eye of the Hawk, while we watched Bruce Wayne train as some kind of shadowy ninja. There were more choices, each one excellent: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Sudwerk Hubsch Pils, Stone IPA, Anderson Valley Boont Amber and Newcastle Brown, hmmm not so sure about that one.
Oh yeah, they have wine too. What wine? I dunno. California wine, I guess.

One important note: No children, except for the 6:30 p.m. show on Monday nights. That’s Baby Brigade Night and kids are welcome and free.

My dot.gone, graduate student, single son Zach, says he avoids Monday nights. But Wednesday night is cool: admission is $5 for two people. That’s what we paid, plus $16.50 for a hamburger, a very large slice of cheese pizza, a liter of Coke in a glass and my pint of Hawk.
Plus Batman Begins is easily the best film of the summer. Long live the Dark Knight of Gotham and the Parkway.

More news; the owners, Catherine and Kyle Fischer, are involved in opening a similar establishment the El Cerrito in El Cerrito, CA on San Pablo Avenue near Central Avenue. Check out their website for details.

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