#Films & Movies
Lake Merritt Business District, Oakland City Council
United States of America

Since its start back in 1997, the Parkway Speakeasy Theater has become an anchor for both residents and small business in the Lake Merritt and Eastlake communities, as well as a source of pride for Oakland and the greater Bay Area.

Residents frequently say “I live near the Parkway.”

Businesses in the area often use the theater as a reference point as well. In fact, some businesses may not have initially given this district a chance without the Parkway as the mainstay.

It is a rare and special thing when a small business is central to the hearts and minds of both residents and businesses alike.

For the last decade, the Parkway Speakeasy Theater has been a deserving focal point for the good things happening in this part of Oakland.

With the departure of this vital business, the community has lost one of its biggest advocates. It is sad to imagine what long term impact this will have on the desirability of the residential neighborhoods (property values) and the retention/attraction of small business (economic viability) in the surrounding area.

This is why action is needed, and required, on behalf of the Lake Merritt and Eastlake communities, and Oakland/Alameda at large. If you have not already signed the petition in person outside of the Parkway Theater, please help support this cause. Help bring back the Parkway Theatre!

We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge our leaders to act now to work with owners of the lease space at 1834 Park Blvd. (the Parkway Theater) and the owners/management of Speakeasy Theaters to find a viable solution for the return of the Parkway Speakeasy Theater as a sustainable, thriving business.

The Parkway's patrons want it, the community needs it, and the City of Oakland deserves it.

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The Bring back Oakland's Parkway Speakeasy Theater! petition to Lake Merritt Business District, Oakland City Council was written by Steph Wades and is in the category Films & Movies at GoPetition.