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Oakland in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Uptown Saturday Night

 
 
Uptown Saturday Night Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 10, 2020
1. Uptown Saturday Night Marker
Inscription.  Live performance venues and movie theaters once lined the streets downtown, with at least a dozen as late as the 1950s. Many initially featured vaudeville acts and silent films. The Fox and the Paramount are the only two that remain as theaters today. A few other structures remain, but with different faces, some recognizable, some not. These include the Dufwin on 17th Street, the Pantages on 12th Street, and the Lux and the Hippodrome on Broadway.

Though Downtown never had the concentration of blues and jazz clubs once found on 7th Street in West Oakland, Sweet's Ballroom was "The East Bay Home of the Big Bands.” Performers included Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, Tito Puente, Perez Prado and Xavier Cugat.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainment.
 
Location. 37° 48.337′ N, 122° 16.234′ W. Marker is in Oakland, California, in Alameda County. Marker is at the intersection of Telegraph Avenue and Broadway, on the left when traveling south

Uptown Saturday Night Marker - wide view, looking north (with Cathedral Building in background) image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 10, 2020
2. Uptown Saturday Night Marker - wide view, looking north (with Cathedral Building in background)
The marker is visible here in the lefthand row, furthest out.
on Telegraph Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oakland CA 94612, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General Strike! (here, next to this marker); Crossroads (here, next to this marker); The Lathams (here, next to this marker); Latham Square (here, next to this marker); Latham Memorial Fountain Unveiled (a few steps from this marker); 1946 General Strike (within shouting distance of this marker); Oakland City Hall (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of College of California (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oakland.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 21, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 29 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 21, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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