Oakland will lose one of its cultural icons Sunday when the Parkway Speakeasy Theater closes its doors after 12 years in business.
In an e-mail message sent to supporters Wednesday, Speakeasy owners Kyle and Catherine Fischer announced that the theater, known for its eclectic lineup of entertainment that ran the gamut from movies to lesbian fashion shows, would close at the end of the business day Sunday.
"We, at the Parkway Speakeasy Theater, are deeply proud of the Parkway and will profoundly miss serving its community." the message said. "Thank you for your patronage."
According to the e-mail, the Parkway was the first theater in California to offer food, beer and wine service in a lounge style movie theater. It founded the Baby Brigade for "the shuttered and abandoned parents of newborns"; the first international black gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender film festival; and the Sunday Salon, "a free event for cultural and community enhancement."
The Fischers plan to move some of the Parkway's more popular attractions, such as "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," to the Cerrito Speakeasy Theater in El Cerrito.
For more information, visit www.speakeasytheaters.com.