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The Scottish Rite

Our home is the Oakland Scottish Rite Center which we first turned into an opera house last summer. The building dates from 1926 and has a grand ballroom on the first floor—take a peek, it’s gorgeous! The auditorium is on the fourth floor and was designed for presenting the ceremonies of the Scottish Rite Masons in grand form. It seats 1,400 and has a full-sized stage with hundreds of backdrops and a pipe organ.

The theater has not been renovated since it was built and can be challenging for people with mobility issues. Wheelchair seating is on the main floor behind the orchestra; these are some of the best seats in the house.

We are making the following improvements for this summer:

• We are working with the management to install hand rails for the steps in the main seating area.

• There are two distanced-seating sections for people that are concerned about COVID.

• We are improving the lighting and projection equipment to silence the fan noise.

Major donors enjoy free parking directly behind the building on Madison Street. Let us know if you are interested in joining this group.

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