Local Businesses Doing Good in Alameda

Alameda Warriors CourtThe Downtown Alameda Business Association would like to thank the public and the admirable folks at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex. Together, under the leadership of owner Kyle Conner and the inspiration of Marketing Director Allison Shannon, they raised $60,000 to refurbish two basketball courts at Washington Park in great need of a facelift. On September 29 the Alameda Theatre presented a check to the Warriors Community Foundation and the ribbon was cut on our amazing new “blue top” courts.

The staff at Alameda Theatre & Cineplex provided a path forward to accomplish this work when they opened their historic auditorium for free for three seasons so that thousands upon thousands of Warriors fans could watch their beloved team battle in the playoffs on the big screen. Collecting donations by any means possible, the partnership between the Alameda Theatre, the Warriors, and our residents was game on. “Be a Warrior & Donate” was the theme at theAlameda Theatre & Cineplex and Cinema Grill in their quest to raise funds for the Golden State Warrior’s Community Foundation during the 2015-2017 NBA Playoffs.

Alameda Theatre and Warriors ribbon cutting day“By teaming with the Warriors as an Official Watch Party venue, we created fun game nights for Bay Area families to enjoy and they generously thanked us by donating to the Warriors Foundation for the kids. We’re very proud and grateful to our community,” stated Theatre Event Director Allison Shannon.

Now children and adults alike can shoot hoops with the satisfaction that they collaborated with an organization that led the way for our island to receive this extraordinarily, generous gift. As a former Warriors guard Kelenna Azubuike said to the guests  in the crowd that day, “Let’s wear this rim out!”

Check out this inspiring footage taken during the ceremony:

More Good Work Around Town

The spirit of service is alive and well in our island community. It’s all around us and you can help.

The Alameda Eagles and Alameda Elks are working together, along with other service groups, to host a city-wide fundraising event on Sunday, October 29 to support families affected by the devastating fires in Northern California. The event takes place at the Alameda Elks Lodge located at 2255 Santa Clara Ave from 11:00am until 7:00pm. The benefit will include live music from five different Bay Area bands, food, and beverage. Suggested donation is $20.

The Elks Lodge is also a donation drop-off location for items to be delivered to fire victims. Items most needed include tents, sleeping pads/cots, pillows, sheets and pillow cases, water, non-perishable food, masks, gloves, personal hygiene products, socks, extra phone chargers, reading glasses, diapers (adult and child), can openers, kids’ games, and pet food.

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You’ll always find great food & drink establishments, charming shops, friendly services, and fun things to do in Downtown Alameda! To learn more about the businesses and events in Downtown Alameda, visit our new website: www.DowntownAlameda.com.

Downtown Alameda Business Association

Downtown Alameda is the commercial, cultural, and civic center of our island city. We represent over 425 businesses in the Historic Park Street District and nearby side streets. Follow us on your favorite social media sites for updates: FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, and Google+

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Oscar Winners Shine at the Spring Classic Movie Series

2017 Spring Classic Movie Series at Alameda Theatre & CineplexThe Oscar stars are shining at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex! Step back in time for a vintage movie experience that includes a restored 1932 art deco theatre, recliner seats, and huge movie screen.

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Downtown Alameda’s historic theatre presents a lineup of outstanding classic films — among them are some of the best actors and actresses to grace the silver screen. Show times vary by film, but movie-goers can catch either a matinee or evening show.

Tickets are available at the Alameda Theatre’s Box Office in advance and on the day of the show. Single ticket prices are $8.00-$11.25. And don’t forget the popcorn!  A special Classic Snack Pack is offered at a vintage price of only $4.50. This deal includes popcorn, drink, and candy.

Downtown Tip: Save over 50% off the regular ticket price by purchasing the Classic Movie Ticket Pack — choose any 8 classic movies for $40. Share with a friend, come as a group, or give as a gift. The ticket pack NEVER EXPIRES and is valid for any classic film in this series and in any future classic movie series. 

2017 Spring Classic Film Series

2/21 – 2/22    Singin’ in the Rain   (Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly)

2/28 – 3/1      Rio Bravo (John Wayne, Dean Martin)

3/7 –   3/8      Ordinary People  (Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland)

3/14 – 3/15    The Hustler (Paul Newman)  Read the rest of this entry »

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2016 In Downtown Alameda

You’ll find a New Year’s Eve celebration for every taste and every budget in Downtown Alameda. Meet up with friends at one of your favorite restaurants, catch a movie, play a game, or extend the evening by ringing in the new year at one of the district’s many parties.

Looking for ideas? You can find a list of the best night spots in Alameda on our website: www.DowntownAlameda.com/Food-Drink

The Downtown Alameda Business Association wishes you a safe and happy new year!

New Year’s Eve Pajama Movie Party

Alameda Theatre Pajama Movie NightWhat’s better than curling up in your PJ’s with some popcorn and a movie at home? Dressing up in your PJ’s and hitting the town to watch a current blockbuster on the big screen!

For the regular price of movie admission at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, guests are welcome to come wearing pajamas and enjoy free pinball games, live music and magic, photo ops with costume characters, and any movie on the theatre’s marquee (current selections include Moana, Rogue One, Sing, and Passengers). Movies ending at 9:00pm and 12:00am will be treated to an on-screen New Year’s countdown to welcome the new year.

More information: www.alamedatheatres.com or (510) 769-3456.

Downtown Tip: If you’d like to celebrate the new year with the family but want the kids in bed early, opt for an early showtime to watch the East Coast countdown at 9:00pm.

New Year’s Eve “Secret” Party  Read the rest of this entry »

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Kids Can Always Find Summer Fun in Downtown Alameda

Alameda Theatre 2016 Kids Movie SeriesSchool has officially come to an end and it’s time to start planning some summer fun for the kids. For your list of “Things To Do,” we’ve come up with a number of activities that can be found in Downtown Alameda:

Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, 2317 Central Ave
The 2016 Summer Family Movie Series is in full swing at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex. One kid-favorite movie is shown each week in the historic theatre on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:00am. Upcoming movies include Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip, Minions, The Peanuts Movie, Goosebumps, and three other popular G-rated films. You can still purchase series tickets for $10/person from fundraising organizations or you can purchase single tickets on the day of the show for $2/person.

The Sewing Room Alameda summer classesThe Sewing Room, 2434 Webb Ave
The Sewing Room still has openings in their Sewing Summer Camps that run each week this summer through August 26. During sewing camp, children have fun acquiring a deeper skill level because they get to spend a longer time sewing the projects of their choice. Upcoming classes include “Sewing for the American Girl Doll,” “Teen Fashion and Design,” and other flexible projects. Sewing patterns are also available for purchase in the shop for take-home projects.

Twirl Alameda summer campsTwirl, 1424 Park Street
“Camp Twirl” is in full effect and they have a few spots left. The weekly kids’ camps have six exciting “maker” themes from Whimsical Wonders to Tinkering Twirlers… plus special camps in their new Pottery/Mosaic Studio. Twirl is also a daily play gallery for kids. Younger children can take a ride on the tike track, climb through the tree house, build a fort in the construction zone, or snuggle up and read in the book nook. Older kids can create things from pottery wheels, glass painting, playdough experiments, or papercutting activities. Drop-in admission for unlimited one-day play is $12/child.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Now Showing at Alameda Theatre & Cineplex: Classic Movies and the Academy Awards

Spring 2016 Classic Movie Series

Brando, Burton, Bogart and Bacall… the “stars” are shining on the silver screen at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex with the Spring 2016 Classic Movie Series. Movie lovers can enjoy a number of outstanding films showing on the big screen in Downtown Alameda’s historic Alameda Theatre on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Showtimes vary from week to week, and movie-goers can catch either a matinee or evening show.

Discount ticket packets of 8 Classic Movie tickets are available for only $44 at the Theatre Box Office. These ticket packets are valid for any of the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex’s classic film presentations, now or in years to come — bring a friend, give a gift, or hold on to any of these discount tickets for any classic movie. Classic Movie Packet Tickets never expire! (Regular walk-up price is $8.00 – $11.25.)

Alameda Theatre Spring 2016 Classic Movie SeriesDon’t miss your chance to see some of the best films ever made presented in the style and grandeur of the restored 1932 Historic Alameda Theatre.

Feb 23 & 24 – The Godfather (Marlon Brando, Al Pacino)

Mar 1 & 2  – High Plains Drifter (Clint Eastwood)

Mar 8 & 9   – The King and I (Yul Brenner, Deborah Kerr)

Mar 15 & 16 – A Night at the Opera (Marx Brothers)

Mar 22 & 23 – The Quiet Man (John Wayne, Maureen O’hara)

Mar 29 & 30 –  Spring Break – No Classic Film

Apr 5 & 6  – To Have and Have Not (Bogart, Bacall)

Apr 12 & 13 – The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (Richard Burton)

Apr 19 & 20 – Deathtrap (Michael Caine, Chistopher Reeve)

Apr 26 & 27 – Love Story (Ali MacGraw, Ryan O’Neal)

Visit their website for current showtimes:

Downtown Tip: Don’t forget the popcorn! A special Classic Snack Pack is offered at the snack bar at a vintage price of only $4.50. The deal includes popcorn, drink, and candy. In addition, bring your Classic Movie Ticket Stub next door to the Alameda Cinema Grill before or after the movie and get 15% off your entrée. Read the rest of this entry »

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Downtown Alameda: Super Bowl 50 on the Big Screen + Party Trays

Don’t settle for a TV screen when you can watch Super Bowl 50 in style on a giant movie screen in Downtown Alameda…

Super Bowl 50 at Alameda TheatreA FREE live simulcast of the Denver Broncos vs Carolina Panthers game will be shown at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex on Sunday, February 7 at 3:30pm.

Don’t wait to get your FREE TICKETS at the Theatre Box Office. They are available now on a first come, first served basis (limit 2 tickets per person).

The Theatre Snack Bar will be open for snacks, hotdogs and beer.  No outside food or beverages allowed.

Reserved Seating is available at Cinema Grill for those interested in In-Seat Food/Bev Service. Seating is limited for this option so stop by for reservations today.  

Looking for other places to watch the Big Game? The post of last year’s Super Bowl bar specials is a terrific guide for more gathering spots in Downtown Alameda.

Downtown Alameda’s Best Party Foods for the Super Bowl: 
Sandwiches, Sausages, Cheeses, and Veggie Sticks

Super Bowl Sunday is a great time to gather with friends and family to watch the “Big Game.” It’s also a big day for party food and beer. Last week, we posted suggestions on where to pick up pizza, chicken, and beer.  Many of the food places found in Downtown Alameda can also help you build festive party platters for game day with friends and family.

Sandwich Platters

Sandwich Board Alameda Turkey Sandwich

Sandwich Board

Dimitra’s Sandwiches To Go (1251 Park Street) – Dimitra’s has been serving its signature subs since 1976. The service is fast and friendly, and the food is fresh and flavorful. Ask them to slice the sandwiches into quarters. Alameda pick: The “Texarkana” (turkey, roast beef and avocado with all the fixings).

Subway Sandwiches (1407 Park Street) – Did you know that Subway offers sandwich platters that are made fresh and piled high with a variety of tasty subs that can serve 5-9 people? They also make 3-foot Giant Subs (serves 9-15) and 6-foot Giant Subs (serves 18-25). Alameda pick: The “Flavor Craver” Platter.

Sandwich Board (2412 Webb Ave) – Sandwich Board has been roasting fresh turkeys daily for over 30 years and they are particularly known for their fabulous turkey sandwiches. The sandwich shop is family-owned and operated so they are able to accommodate special requests not found on the menu. Ask them about putting together a platter of sliced turkey for game day. Read the rest of this entry »

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2015 in Downtown Alameda: Reservations Not Required

New Year's Eve 2015 at Churchward Pub AlamedaIt’s not too late to make plans for New Year’s Eve (or too early). You’ll find a celebration for every taste and every budget in Downtown Alameda. You can simply meet up with friends at one of your favorite restaurants, catch a movie, or extend the evening by ringing in the new year at one of the district’s many parties.

As mentioned last week’s post, C’era Una Volta, Capone’s Speakeasy, and Speisekammer are taking reservations for New Year’s Eve. In addition, Cinema Grill is offering a special dinner package to help the Friends of the Alameda Theatre raise funds to refurbish the lobby carpet and other improvement projects.

But not all venues require a reservation. If you’re looking for one of those last-minute gathering places, these nightspots in Downtown Alameda will be celebrating New Year’s Eve 2015-2016 in style:

Alameda Wine Co. (2315 Central Ave) – Toast the new year with sparkling wine that does not have to be expensive to be well-made.

Club House Sports Bar (1215 Santa Clara Ave) – Revel in music, food, and fun!

Fire Den AlamedaFD Bar (1231 Park Street) – The newly renovated Fire Den is the perfect place to meet with friends and enjoy great food and cold beers.

Lemon Tree Inn (2542 Santa Clara Ave) – Where the Friendly, Fun, Young, Old, and Inbetween are always welcome!

Lost Weekend Lounge (2320-1/2 Santa Clara Ave) – This is the place where you will find retro decor and no pretense.

Lucky 13 (1301 Park Street) – Kick back with friends, meet interesting new people, and have a drink prepared by the friendliest bunch of bartenders in town!

New Years Eve at Churchward Pub AlamedaMcGee’s Bar & Grill (1645 Park Street) – Offering fresh food and spirits, McGee’s is a favorite stop for locals and visitors alike.

Monkey King Pub & Grub (1315 Park Street) – Celebrate a diverse background through food, drinks, and a casual environment.

The Churchward Pub (1515 Park Street) – They promise to host the hottest NYE party in the East Bay — there is a $10 cover for this one.

The Hobnob (1313 Park Street) – This is the place for Karaoke on New Year’s Eve! (Plus, they’ll open for brunch on New Year’s Day at 11:00am.)

Wine & Waffles (1505 Park Street) – Enjoy a magical night with great food, great wine, and great champagne.

But who says you need to be out past midnight to celebrate? Here are a few more places that will make for an enjoyable early evening with friends or loved ones:  Read the rest of this entry »

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Downtown Alameda’s Classic Car Show Revs Up Park Street

2015 Downtown Alameda Classic Car ShowGet Ready! Get set! Downtown Alameda’s 22nd Annual Classic Car Show takes place on Saturday, October 10. The free one-day event runs from 10:00am to 4:00pm and is fun for everyone.

Cars of every description will line up along Park Street, from Encinal Ave to Buena Vista Ave — antique roadsters, coupes, hot rods, muscle cars, and much more. Entertainment and prizes will be available and DJs will be spinning oldies from the ’50s and the ’60s.

Enjoy over 400 classic vehicles on display as you meander through Alameda’s historic downtown district. Most of the cars come from the magical decades of the ’50s and the ’60s. You can also expect to see plenty of muscle cars from the ’70s, along with vintage beauties from the ’30s and ’40s.

The Wounded Warrior Project will have a booth to sell raffle tickets for a drawing being held on January 1, 2016. The grand prize is a 50th anniversary Shelby Cobra. You’ll find the Wounded Warrior booth and car located in front of Capone’s Speakeasy.

Downtown Alameda’s Annual Classic Car Show is one of the best car shows in the Bay Area. A national representative of the Mustang Club of America has described the Downtown Alameda Classic Car Show as “the best that he has ever seen.”  Read the rest of this entry »