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Orinda, with an area of 12.8 square miles, is the first city east of the Caldecott Tunnel. It is located east of Oakland and Berkeley Hills and is 25-30 minutes away from San Francisco. Orinda has a population of 17,000 residents, largely comprised of business professionals. Orinda is known for its serene and peaceful beauty, excellent schools, cultural history, and perfect location. Highway 24 runs through the city and BART has a stop in Orinda. Orinda is known for its hiking trails and attracts many hikers and naturalists.

Orinda Theatre

The Orinda Theatre is a historical landmark that was originally built in 1941. It was remodeled in 1989 to add two additional screens, but it still maintains its original style and beauty. Aside from regular on-screen movies, the theater offers free movie nights sponsored by Orinda Theatre Square.

Orinda Theatre Square

Orinda Theatre square is a complex that was built around the Orinda Theatre in 1991 which consists of restaurants, shops and business offices. It is located off of Highway 24 and is a walking distance from BART. Recently, more restaurants have occupied the ground floor which has created a great destination for lunch and dinner.

Orinda Community Center

The Orinda Community Center was built in 1928 as the first Orinda Union School. This beautiful facility is used for weddings, performances, meetings and parties. Its auditorium is used for bigger gatherings and smaller rooms are used for meetings. The Community Center offers a variety of classes for youth, adults and seniors.

Orinda Community Park

Orinda Community Park is located next to the Community Center and includes a grassy area, playgrounds, picnic and barbecue areas as well as tennis courts. The park has an amphitheater available used for summer concerts that is also available for rent.

Orinda Library

The Orinda Library was opened in 1914 as a small room in a schoolhouse. In the 1950s, The Friends of Orinda Library was formed and raised money to establish the new building. Friends of the Orinda Library are responsible for the day-to-day operation, fundraising and enrichment programs for teen, youth and adults throughout the year.

Orinda Country Club

Orinda Country Club located in the Orinda hills, overlooks Lake Cascade. It is a family club with many amenities including a clubhouse, golf courses, swimming pools, tennis courts and a fitness facility. The Spanish Mediterranean clubhouse with its grand ballroom has been a gathering place for many weddings and parties. OCC Sharks are the recreational swim team and is one of the most competitive recreational swim teams in the area.

Orinda Park Pool

Orinda Park Pool is a community pool and home of Stingray Swim Team. Orinda Park Pool has a unique shape history. It was built in 1921 as a small lake as a part of a subdivision. In 1924 the bottom was cemented and picnic area was added. In 1931, a building and a dance platform was added and the area was updated and fenced to be used as public pool. In 1937, Orinda Park Pool a non-profit organization was founded and managed the pool and the facility. Over the years, the pool has kept its unusual and special shape and served the community.

California Shakespeare Theater

Cal Shakes was founded in 1973 and was moved to its current location in the hills between Berkeley and Orinda called Bruns Memorial Amphitheater. In 2003 under new leadership, it changed its name to California Shakespeare Festival. In 2010, it was updated and added the 7000 square foot Sharon Simpson Center and other accommodations for the benefit of public and performers. In 2012, after many updates it was considered the largest solar-powered outdoor professional theater. It also added wireless microphones through the facility. In 2012, it changed its name to California Shakespeare Theater. It not only provides regular performances for the community and Bay Area but also focuses on workshop and after school classes, summer camps, student discovery matinees, resources for teachers, and internships.

Casa Orinda Restaurant

The 83 year old Casa Orinda Restaurant is considered a landmark in Orinda. It opened its doors in 1932 in the Orinda Crossroads. It is considered the oldest continuously operating restaurant in Contra Costa County. Although the restaurant has grown in size, it has kept its original charm with cowboy decorations, black and white pictures, giant oil paintings of chuck wagons and stage coach robberies and an antique gun collection. The restaurant has been a go to place for many repeat clients over the years and as the plaque on the bar that reads "just how much the Casa is for many a home away from home".

Miramonte High School

Miramonte High School is one of the four schools in Acalanes Union High School District. It is a well known school throughout the Bay Area for its award winning and high achieving credentials. The challenging curriculum promotes students to their highest potential. The school has been successful in integrating technology into its curriculum, as well offering advanced placement programs and wide selection of electives and art courses. Miramonte has a beautiful and well maintained campus and includes Performing Art Center and Bill Brown Aquatic Center.

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Top 10 Neighborhood Amenities in Orinda, California