Wanted: Paramount/Publix Usher Uniform Photo

posted by adkemp on December 6, 2007 at 7:44 am

I am looking to re-create an usher uniform in the style used by Paramount/Publix theatres from the late 1920s/early 1930s. Does anyone have a photo of such a uniform? If you are willing to sell an actual period uniform or part thereof from any theatre(not limited to Paramount), I would be interested in that as well. Thanks!

Comments (8)

philbertgray on December 6, 2007 at 9:08 am

I found one picture of 1930s theatre ushers, but you gave no email address to forward the picture to.

Philbert Gray

adkemp on December 6, 2007 at 9:14 am

Hi Philbert – Thanks so much for responding! Could you send the photo to ?

DApril on December 6, 2007 at 11:44 am

When my dad was in high school in the early 1930s, he worked as an usher at the Paramount Theatre (originally Publix)in Salem, MA, designed by Rapp & Rapp of Chicago with 2,187 seats. I believe that the uniform there in his time was black pants, red jacket and red cap, quite similar to hotel bellhop garb of the era. I once saw a picture of the ushers at the Salem Paramount c. 1930 (there were a considerable number in the photo), but being in the Salem Evening News, it was a black and white picture. As I think back to the 1950s when I used to see movies there, the uniform seemed the same.

adkemp on December 6, 2007 at 11:49 am

Phil – Thank you for the photos. Unfortunately, I am specifically looking for an image of the uniform used by “Paramamount Pictures” or their “Publix” Theatre chain. Please let me know if you find any.

adkemp on December 6, 2007 at 11:52 am

Thanks Dave – Please let me know if you ever come accross a photo of your dad in his uniform. I’d appreciate seeing that.

BobFurmanek on December 6, 2007 at 12:18 pm

There’s a gentleman by the name of Miles Krueger. He is founder of the Institute of the American Musical in Los Angeles. I visited his museum about 20 years ago, and he has an original usher (or doorman) coat from the Times Square Paramount. I don’t recall the colors, but it was VERY heavy!

Scott on December 7, 2007 at 1:13 pm

adkemp: If nothing else works for you I would recommend contacting the Theatre Historical Society in Elmhurst, Illinois. They would almost certainly have photos of what you’re looking for. They also have a museum that, if memory serves, has one or two uniforms. Anyway, if you contact them I’m pretty sure they can help you. Here is their info:

Theatre Historical Society of America
York Theatre Building
152 N. York Street, 2nd floor
Elmhurst, IL 60126-2806
Ph. (630) 782-1800

tube2005 on December 8, 2007 at 11:50 pm

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