Brooklyn Paramount Theatre

385 Flatbush Avenue Extension,
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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paullewis on April 13, 2015 at 2:40 pm

The above article about the Paramount says the restored theatre will have a seating capacity of 1500! This is surely a mistake, how can you reduce the seating from 4.000 to 1.500 without a major alteration to the auditorium?

Bruce Cassaro
Bruce Cassaro on April 8, 2015 at 11:30 pm

I am thrilled the Paramount wii be restored to a 3500 seat venue with a quality 50 Million Dollar restoration. Brooklyn is the comeback kid. The Paramount and the Kings are among the nations most beautiful theatres. The Paramount has one the worlds great organs and the restored theatre will compliment this treasure. Downtown Brooklyn will have two restored former movie palaces the Paramount and the former loew’s Metropolitan now a church. I love the fact that the Paramount wii restore the vertical and canopy Marquee’s which many restored theatres have failed to do which makes the restoration complete. Wow I’m impressed. brucec

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 8, 2015 at 3:29 pm

Text of article: (Note: at the link, the last photo is upside down!)

Fort Greene’s Paramount Theatre, which for the past half-century has been used as the Long Island University sports complex, is set to be restored to its mid-20th century glory by a partnership of Barclay Center developer Bruce Ratner and Onexim Sports and Entertainment.

The $50 million renovation is set to take place over the course of two years, and in advance of that the university has released a couple renderings on its Flickr account, as well as a few historical photos.

This trend, led by the Loew’s Kings Theater in Flatbush, of formerly majestic Brooklyn theaters being returned to their original uses and levels of magnificence is definitely one that we can get behind.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 8, 2015 at 3:25 pm

Link to article about a reborn Paramount is here

tntim on January 30, 2015 at 9:37 am

Well this news along with the opening of the Kings next week makes me smile from all the way down here in Tennessee!

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 30, 2015 at 8:11 am

I don’t want to overstate it, but we’ve been praying for news like this…

LuisV on January 30, 2015 at 7:25 am

HUGE Big News! The Brooklyn Paramount is returning to public use as a music venue! Not a lot of details but I’m sure more to come!

kong1911 on March 20, 2013 at 1:31 pm

You can now take a video tour of the 4/26 Wurlitzer Organ that is still there on UTube at:

kong1911 on January 26, 2013 at 1:19 pm

There was a silent film “The Phantom of the Opera” done with the organ which went over very well except that it was the day before Sandy came and that kept people away but quite a few did show up. The last concert that was open to the public was I don’t even know how many years ago. It is hoped that a concert and 2 or 3 silent movies will be put on each year. Let’s see.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 26, 2013 at 12:41 pm

This sounds like fun. Can anyone here report on earlier organ recitals at this theater?

kong1911 on January 25, 2013 at 11:21 am

Do you want to hear the Mighty Wurlitzer at LIU Brooklyn, (The Brooklyn Paramount)? On Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 7:00 P.M. An evening of pops, show tues, and light classical will be performed by Theatre Organist Jelani Eddington. For more information go to

kong1911 on December 12, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Maybe not anytime soon but you can still come and hear the mighty Wurlitzer roar. An organ concert is being planned for the middle of February. More details latter.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on December 12, 2012 at 9:36 am

My hunch is that the Paramount will not be restored anytime soon. I think the University will probably continue using it for a variety of purposes. Even if they have a new gymnasium for official basketball games, this one can have other uses. When I was at U. of Illinois in Champaign there were several gyms around campus which were used for all sorts of things.

Aside from the fact that I believe the building is still viable for LIU, unless the Trustees are blind they must be aware of the growing likelihood of the Loews Kings restoration. They must also be aware of the Bronx Paradise recently being leased to a church. While these are not the only considerations with regard to restoration, any governing body with the capacity for thoughtful decision would have to take these things into account.

kong1911 on October 9, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Here’s some news!! The New York Theatre Organ Society will present the 1925 Horror Movie Classic “The Phantom of the Opera” Starring Lon Chaney at the Brooklyn Paramount on Sunday, October 28th 2012 at 3PM. The Brooklyn Paramount Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ will be played with the movie. General Admission will be $10.00. $8.00 for Seniors.

kong1911 on April 2, 2012 at 8:08 am

Here is a link to a larger photo.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 2, 2012 at 6:25 am

Here’s a link to that Life Magazine issue. When you open it, just close the pop-up that asks about membership. The photo of the Paramount is on page 60, but the article (on classic movie palaces) begins on page 56. There’s a text box below the date of the magazine (which is February 19, 1971) where you can type the page # and hit “enter” on your keyboard.

kong1911 on March 20, 2012 at 6:12 am

To Adam S, there is one photo some place on the internet which does show a small piece of the first mezzanine. It was in Life magazzine right after the first conversion. The photo shows a student jumping over a gym horse and you can just make out part of the mezz. You’ll have to do a web. search to find it. It’s the only photo I ever saw which has the mezz. in it.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 19, 2012 at 12:42 pm

I spoke to someone who goes there and he said they are using it as a dining hall now.

AdamS on March 19, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I am researching this theater and am looking for interior elevation photos, particularly of the mezzanine that was cut off for the basketball court. Do any of you have or know of any?


LuisV on March 12, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Thank you so much Kong1911 for the info. As I have stated in prior posts, I believe there is a bright future for the Brooklyn Paramount. Downtown Brooklyn continues to thrive and improve and BAM is also expanding. With Atlantic Yards will come even more development. The Brooklyn Paramount is in pretty good shape overall. The organ is intact and working! And there would be a big to do if LIU tried to gut the theater. They have already moved the gym to a new facility several years ago but it doesn’t appear like they have done anything else with the space. The only choice for them is to redevelop it. With al of the city’s “theater resources” now dedicated to the Loew’s Kings (and rightly so) LIU will need to come up with a private partner to do something creative with the space. As the economy continues its rebound I am very hopeful of a full restoration.

kong1911 on March 11, 2011 at 4:52 pm

I don’t know if that discussion will take place. As far as I know there is no talk of restoring it back to a theatre. All I can tell you is to come. All the powers that be will be there so you can ask them. I plan on being there for the whole thing. I think it is going to be very interesting and informative. Not to mention they now have a small museum for the Brooklyn Paramount. Photos, Uniforms, etc.

WilliamMcQuade on March 11, 2011 at 4:03 pm

If it stays the way it is, we will be very lucky. If a school did not take it over, it would have went the way of the Fox a long time ago.

kong1911 on March 11, 2011 at 8:50 am

Brooklyn Paramount fans, now is your chance!!! There will be “A one credit course/ conference at the old Brooklyn Paramount on Friday, April 15, 2011. This will be free and open to the public. From 9 am to 5 pm. Lunch will be provided only for those paying for the credit course. The schedule as it stands now will be panels in the morning session from Joe Baskin (Rebeilious Laughter) Mary Favia (Palace Theatre Veteran) Joe Franklin (Memory Lane) David Harmon (Harmony Productions) Dr. Sue Horowitz (Women in Vaudeville) Ron Hurchinson (The Vitaphone Project) Craig Morrison (Brooklyn Theatre History) Richie "O” (Producer, “The Joe Franklin Show”) Don K. Reed (The Doo-Wop Shop -WCBS FM) Ron Schweiger (Brooklyn Borough Historian) Norman Steinberg (Blazing Saddles) Travis Stewart (Vaudeville Historian) Peter Tymus (Architecture & Theatre Engineering). Performers will include: A short concert showing off the Mighty Wurlitzer. Sammy Sax and the MD’s will perform songs from the old Alan Freed shows, Travis Stewart will bring you back to the Vaudeville days, The Giacomo Gates Quintet (feturing Sam Newsone) Greg Lewis, Carlo de Rosa & suprise guests will also perform.

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on February 22, 2011 at 11:30 am

Thanks for the suggestions, Tinseltoes and J.F. Lundy. I’ve posted the photograph here. I looked for “Loew’s Vodeville,” but couldn’t find anything.

jflundy on February 21, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Try Loew’s “Vodeville”.