Oakland Tribune Outtakes

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Speakeasy Theaters, the sequel

By awoodall
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 at 11:25 pm in Night Owl, Parkway Speakeasy.

I put the follow-up taxi story to bed tonight and finally got a chance to read the East Bay Express feature about the dramatic sinking of The Cerrito and Parkway speakeasies. Good to have the story of disintegration in one place although I don’t think that’s the whole story. In the meantime, Will “the Thrill” Vilharo is taking his Thrillville showcase of all glorious B-movies, once a Speakeasy staple, on the road to SF (the 4 STAR cinema!) and San Jose. The material is having its West Coast distribution debut. The Cerrito has reopened successfully under the management of Bay Area familiars Rialto Cinemas and the Indiana-based Motion Picture Heritage Corp. is in the running for the Parkway.  The Fischers, who sparked something special to the East Bay, are stuck with many millions in debt. Doesn’t take a fortune-teller to forsee a long road ahead.

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