Paramount Theatre

560 Bay Street,
Stapleton, NY 10304

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spectrum
spectrum on August 3, 2010 at 9:03 am

A direct link to one of the Staten island Advance articles from January (includes a video of the interior renovations)

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Garth
Garth on April 21, 2010 at 10:16 am

Can anyone advise of any news? It still has not opened for business….

Bwayniteowl
Bwayniteowl on January 8, 2010 at 8:02 pm

It appears that they have poured a floor from upstage to where ever that point meets the rake of the house floor. It covers over the pit and depending how far into the back of the house they go, they could raise the floor to a level quite close to the underside of the balcony. At some point sightlines become an issue. It is the same procedure that CBS used when it changed the New Yorker Theatre into Studio 52, now Studio 54. It created a smooth surface for the cameras, which were quite heavy in those days.
Good luck on the new venue.

markp
markp on January 8, 2010 at 5:04 am

Nice Vito. Wish I could see the place too. There aren’t too many of these old palaces left to enjoy.

Vito
Vito on January 8, 2010 at 3:19 am

I received a phone call from Peter Lisi who is one of the owners of the paramount. We had a wonderful 45 minute conversation about the theatre and his plans for operation of the space. I was so impressed by Peters enthusiasm and obvious love for the theatre I wanted to share that all of you Paramount theatre supporters here at CT.
I wish you could have heard the excitement in his voice when he told me the marquee has been restored and will soon light up Bay Street. He is currently waiting on the permit to turn it on. Peter did an interview with NY one and here will be a follow up soon; he has invited me to join in on the next segment.
Peter still has his work cut out for him with safety issues and getting all the legalities in place to open the theatre. I have offered him my help in any way I can.
Peter has invited me to tour the space which I will do soon.

MPol
MPol on January 7, 2010 at 5:40 pm

Who are you talking to, Simon Overton? Just curious.

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on January 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Sorry, but also try your local newspaper or even a radio station to actually broadcast your plea for help.

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on January 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm

For ORIGINAL PHOTOS & HISTORY of your theater, go to your local library and/or city hall and request they look through their archives.
Also meet with long-time senior residents who may have scrap books and personal photo albums. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR PROJECT!!!

MPol
MPol on January 7, 2010 at 4:44 pm

I don’t entirely agree with you here, socal09. I think that there’ll always be people (myself included), who’ll want to continue going to a real movie theatre and watching movies as they’re really meant to be viewed; on a great big wide movietheatre screen, with the lights down low. Most of the single-screen movie theatres are gone, that’s true, but there are still afew left. Single-screen theatres or no single screened theatres, there’ll always be loyal theatre patrons, especially to what few independent, nonprofit movie theatres there are left here in the United States.

I also might add that, no matter how much anybody says how amazing 3DKTV on home theatres systems is amazingly like seeing movies in a real movie theatre, it just isn’t so. Absolutely nothing, imho, beats seeing movies on a great big, wide screen, in a true-blue movie theatre, and sharing the experience with other people, whether one knows them or not.

MPol
MPol on January 3, 2010 at 10:29 am

Good points, vito. Thanks.

Vito
Vito on January 3, 2010 at 7:40 am

I was so happy to see those pictures. The last time I went into that building I got very depressed, it looked awefull a real disaster.
I never thought anyone would bring it back. Fortunatly the wreakers never destroyed the stage or balcony.
As for movies, the new owners (bless them) have other visions,
I belive their ideas and plans for the space are sound and intellegent.who knows, perhaps in a few years something in the form of a film festival may be in order.
I certainly hope someone steer the new owners in the direction of this site and they will comment and keep us current on the progress and plans for the theatre.

MPol
MPol on January 3, 2010 at 7:00 am

Wow!! The Paramount looks like it was a really majestic-looking theatre before it went to seed. The idea of renovating it is long overdue, but why couldn’t they keep it as a movie theatre as well as a party/dance hall, etc.?

Vito
Vito on January 3, 2010 at 6:40 am

The article in todays SI Advance just warmed my heart.
Best of luck to all involved in saving this tresaure.

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MPol
MPol on December 14, 2009 at 11:40 pm

Wow!! What a changeover. All the best of luck!

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on December 14, 2009 at 6:28 pm

Good luck to you Staten Island Paramount. Good to see the old movie houses still going.

MPol
MPol on October 28, 2009 at 10:02 pm

The above link doesn’t work. Sorry.

paramount
paramount on October 28, 2009 at 8:32 pm

WE REPRESENT THE OWNERS OF THE STATEN ISLAND PARAMOUNT, WE ARE CURRENTLY CREATING THE CITY’S LARGEST ENTERTAINMENT CATERING FACILITY FOR ALL EVENTS AVAILABLE FOR THE PUBLIC. WE ARE SAVING A LOT OF THE ORIGINAL PARAMOUNT THEATER AS WELL AS REPAIRING ALL UNSAFE CONDITIONS LEFT BY PREVIOUS TENANTS. WE ARE ASKING THE MEMBERS OF CINEMA TREASURES TO HELP US WITH DOCUMENTS, PICTURES OR ANY OTHER MATERIALS TO VERIFY PEOPLES FINDINGS AND POSTINGS ON THIS PAGE ABOUT THE PARAMOUNT. WE WOULD LIKE TO COLLECT AND DISPLAY THESE FINDINGS IN OUR PARAMOUNT HISTORY SECTION OF THE BUILDING. AND WE WILL OFFER NAME RECOGNITION AS WELL AS A FREE NIGHT ON US FOR ANY PERSON TO BRING US AN ORIGINAL & VERIFIED DOCUMENT, PICTURE OR HISTORY FACTS OF THE STATEN ISLAND PARAMOUNT IN HER TIME OF OPERATION. DUPLICATE DOCUMENTS & PICTURES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
PLEASE EMAIL OR MAIL YOUR FINDINGS OR ANY QUESTIONS TO:
E-MAIL:
ADDRESS: 560 BAY STREET, STATEN ISLAND, NY 10304
MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR NAME, ADDRESS & TELEPHONE NUMBER TO RECEIVE FREE NIGHT ON US.
WE APPRECIATE YOUR CONCERNS AND HELP IN FINDING ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS, PICTURES, AND HISTORY FACTS.
PLEASE VISIT www.statenislandparamount.com FOR MORE INFORMATION.
WE ARE SAVING THE STATEN ISLAND PARAMOUNT

Garth
Garth on October 25, 2009 at 4:05 pm

I’ve seen them on a ladder monkeying with the marquee as I drive by. When does the club open?

Vito
Vito on August 20, 2009 at 4:27 am

The Paramount was the first theatre on Staten island theatre to install Cinemascope.

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Vito
Vito on July 28, 2009 at 2:57 am

dangel, It would be very kind of you to take the time to post those links. I am sutre it will be of great interest and enjoyment to read the articles. I spent a great deal of time in the Pramount and the articles are sure to conjure up wonderful old memories.

dangel
dangel on July 27, 2009 at 8:45 pm

I can scan the articles in and post a link to them. One article mentions an artesian well- which was connected to natural springs and was used for ‘air conditioning’. Apparently the well and pump- doesn’t work but is still intact today. The area was known for spring water, with local beer breweries in the Stapleton area. Also, the opening day event was described with multiple article the day before and after. Originally there were two Wurlitzer organs on movable faux marble consoles- long gone… When the theatre opened, they turned away 2,000 people.
I am involved with the Preservation League and Coalition to Save the Si Castle- old SI Hospital- so give me a week and I will scan/post articles.

Vito
Vito on July 27, 2009 at 5:57 am

Danger I am sure we all would all love to see those SI advance articles. Any thoughts on how we might see them?

dangel
dangel on July 27, 2009 at 5:47 am

The theatre is being restored and the owner is doing a great job, considering years of neglect by Steckman’s Sporting goods- it takes a NON-Staten Island native to do the RIGHT THING. A fresh outlook helps!
A reporter from the Si Advance was kind enough to give us an assortment of early articles on the theatre which includes descriptions of the Art-Deco interior- Modernistic- Egyptian designs. There are many great details remaining- such as a mural on the ceiling greens and blues…The exterior terra cotta will be landmarked in the near future…

dangel
dangel on July 27, 2009 at 5:40 am

The proposed condos/coops across the street will now be apartments-former city parking lot- 75% market rate and 25% low income- it will be interesting to see the impact this will have. The Homeport is also expected to include more housing than originally proposed.There is lots of real estate speculation ever since the Navy homeport left, so lets see if it pays off for the vitality of the area….

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on July 24, 2009 at 12:08 am

I hope it revitalizes the area, it’s kind of seedy.