49. Grand Lake Theatre, Oakland
Known for the opinionated messages that regularly grace its marquee (owner Allen Michaan is very vocal about politics), the Grand Lake Theatre is a remnant of a more luxurious age of moviegoing that’s been remarkably preserved. Depending on what movie you’re seeing, you’ll be seated in the expansive main auditorium (home of the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ, played before select screenings), a desert-themed Egyptian auditorium or the tiled Moorish-style theater. As beautiful as the decor is, the prices are what get folks through the doors: matinees are less than $7 and all tickets are $5 on Tuesdays. Zach Long
Put it on the poster: The custom rooftop sign above the Grand Lake Theatre is one of the largest of its kind, made up of 2,800 bulbs that are typically lit up on Friday and Saturday evenings.
How to support Grand Lake Theatre: Chip in to its GoFundMe raising money for its staff and crew.