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I just found out that one of my favorite Bay Area movie theaters (a stone’s throw from my apartment) is closing this Sunday. The Parkway Speakeasy Theater in Oakland will shut its doors after 12 years of serving up movies, food, beer and community programming, in its cozy, couch-filled, two-screen movie house. I have a lot of fond memories of watching films there, among them seeing The Sniper with my husband on one of our very first dates, in the fall of 2003. That movie had us using the word ‘dame’ for weeks afterward. It was a great date spot, because you could eat dinner, have a drink and watch a movie all at once, then top off the evening with a walk by Lake Merritt. I’m truly sad to see it go, and I hope the building gets bought by someone with similar values.