Paramount Theatre

1501 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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robboehm on July 14, 2011 at 10:04 am

When I was a youngster my parents took me to the Paramount. Don’t remember what the movie was but Gene Krupa was the featured live performer. We were sitting in the last row of the balcony. But not for long. My mother had height issues and we left. Many years later we had a similar experience at the outdoor Jones Beach Marine Theatre.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on April 13, 2011 at 9:51 am

Wasn’t “Meet Danny Wilson” a 1951 release?

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on April 11, 2011 at 10:15 am

Sinatra was really down on his luck in those early ‘50s years. My dad used to talk about a benefit concert he gave at the Union Club in Hoboken NJ (Sinatra’s home town, and mine) around this time. The audience heckled him and made fun of his singing voice. “From Here to Eternity” turned his career around and put him back on top shortly afterwards, but he never forgave Hoboken and didn’t return there for many years. I think the next time he came back there publicly was for his honorary doctorate from Stevens Institute of Technology, in (I think) 1985.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 11, 2011 at 8:16 am

William… that would have been the Hotel Claridge where Voight’s character first stayed after arriving in New York in “Midnight Cowboy.”

Tinseltoes… you describe two different programs as opening the Paramount’s 1952 Easter Holiday Show, in your posts above dated March 26 and April 9th. Which was the official Easter attraction?

WilliamMcQuade on April 9, 2011 at 7:41 am

Watch Midnight Cowboy. In the very beginning, John Voight looks out a hotel window onto Broadway. Across the street & on the left hand side is what looks like a big drop cloth. Behind that is the demolition of the Paramount taking place.

By the way, that hotel was also the site of a nother NYC landmark -the Camel sign with the guy blowing smoke rings.

BobFurmanek on March 26, 2011 at 8:50 am

I knew someone that attended one of these shows and said the theater was only about 40% filled.

BobFurmanek on February 13, 2011 at 10:22 am

Boy, Dean and Jerry sure got around!

BobFurmanek on January 20, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Tinseltoes: you always post such fascinating and important information. Thank you SO much for sharing!

wally 75
wally 75 on December 10, 2010 at 11:52 pm

Anyone remember or have ever been to the Paramount around 59th st.
It was round and small street level box office, the theatre was about 200 feet below street…

William on November 30, 2010 at 5:54 am

The old Paramount was gutted for the NY Times. The space they used was large from the former theatre.

wally 75
wally 75 on November 29, 2010 at 10:41 pm

I saw it also but, they also had acts on stage at the Hard Rock..

It looked very large….anyone know if they are using the theatre shell of the old Paramount? has any of you been inside?

Just wondering….

lfreimauer on November 18, 2010 at 9:04 am

I went to the Paramount in the 50’s to see Alan Freed and his shows. I do not believe they also showed ie during the rock,n roll engagements.

I do not believe they had a movie showing during the rock'n roll shows in the 50’s. As I remember, there was only as show.

Vito on November 17, 2010 at 10:45 am

I have fond memories of that Gleason show, I took my parents to see it and my mother talked about it for months.
Here is the original ad.
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TLSLOEWS on November 11, 2010 at 8:43 am

In the late 50,s at the Paramount how is this lineup for a concert?On the marquee,In Person Alan Freed & Holiday of Stars, Fats Domino, Jeery Lee Lewis,The Everly Brothers,Buddy Holly and the Crickets,The Rays,Danny and the Juniors,Paul Anka,on the screen “Its Great to be Young”. September 1957.

Vito on November 11, 2010 at 7:37 am

Sorry William I meant to write Tinsletoes had the title wrong.
I believe he meant “North” and not “Lost”

William on November 11, 2010 at 6:59 am

vito, your ad post has the same title as I posted “North to Alaska”.

Vito on November 11, 2010 at 3:19 am

I am sure William meant “Noth To Alaska"
Here is the original ad

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William on November 10, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Tinseltoes, you must mean “North to Alaska”. “Lost in Alaska” is a Abbott & Costello film.

BobFurmanek on November 4, 2010 at 7:41 am

Wasn’t CALAMITY JANE the last feature film/stage show combo at the Paramount? I believe there were occasional stage attractions after that, but this ended the weekly combo shows.

BradE41 on September 23, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Thanks. I guess I should have read these all the way through.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 22, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Brad, see my post from May 30 above.

BradE41 on September 22, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Wasn’t there another Paramount theatre in NYC. I remember seeing Children of a Lesser God in 1986 at a theatre on the upper west side called the Paramount. The theatre was actually downstairs underground.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 30, 2010 at 4:18 pm

It is now an underground parking lot.


Ed Miller
Ed Miller on May 30, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Anybody know the fate of the other Paramount in Mahattan? It was on Columbus Circle, built in the early 70s, adjacent to the Gulf+Western tower, which is now a Trump hotel. The theater was below street level, and you went down an escalator near the subway entrance. I just checked Google Maps, and there’s no sign of it, nor do I find mention of it here. I know that I saw “Young Frankenstein” there.

AGRoura on May 13, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Renewing link.