Paramount Theatre

1501 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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William on September 12, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Somewhere in past comments someone said “Thunderball” was a four-wall deal on the house.

Tinseltoes on September 12, 2011 at 4:20 pm

The introductory text needs to be corrected. The final movie at the Paramount was UA’s “Thunderball,” which opened as part of a Christmas holiday area-wide Showcase in December, 1965, and closed on February 21st, 1966. By that time, I think that the Paramount was the only original Showcase link still showing the James Bond epic.

AlAlvarez on August 30, 2011 at 11:14 am

In the 1973 movie “Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams”, the Joanne Woodward character comments that when her mother and her walked by the Paramount on 43rd street and the doors were opened to let the patrons out, the whole street would smell like ice cream.

Tinseltoes on August 25, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Reminds of a souvenir calendar published by a Brooklyn historical society which included a photo claiming to show the Brooklyn Paramount. But it was actually the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, disguised (not too accurately) as the Brooklyn Paramount for the Alan Freed biopic, “American Hot Wax.”

Tinseltoes on August 25, 2011 at 10:15 am

As luck would have it, the 3-D “House of Wax” had its claimed “world premiere engagement” at the NYC Paramount in April, 1953. But it was supported by a stage show with new singing sensation Eddie Fisher and Hugo Winterhalter’s Orchestra topping the bill. Doors opened at 8:30am to handle the crowds.

Tinseltoes on July 29, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Seventy-five years ago today, Paramount’s B&W “Rhythm on the Range,” starring Bing Crosby, Frances Farmer, Bob Burns, and Martha Raye, opened its NYC premiere engagement at the Paramount Theatre. The entire stage show, described as an “Hour of Charm,” was performed by Phil Spitalny & His All-Girl Orchestra (which included musicians, singers, and dancers). As an added bonus, patrons could have a free consultation with Mogul, “the Boy with the X-Ray Mind,” in the Paramount’s grand lounge. General admission was 25 cents from 9:30am opening until 1:00pm.

wally 75
wally 75 on July 26, 2011 at 1:20 am

My mother saw Sinatra there……anyone who was there are in the late 80’s or 90’s now..

davjdo on July 25, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Error:should be “bobby sox” concerts.


davjdo on July 25, 2011 at 10:26 pm

is there anyone who was at one of the Sinatra “booby sox"riot concerts at the Paramount?


robboehm on July 14, 2011 at 1:04 pm

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.

Tinseltoes on July 14, 2011 at 9:01 am

The Paramount and other midtown theatres can be seen in this B&W newsreel coverage of a 1953 air-raid drill: britishpathe

Tinseltoes on May 5, 2011 at 9:47 am

Fifty years ago today, 20th-Fox’s belated sequel, “Return to Peyton Place,” opened its NYC premiere engagement at the Paramount in Times Square and the Trans-Lux Normandie on West 57th Street. The original “Peyton Place” had been one of the last boxoffice blockbusters at the Roxy Theatre, where it was the Christmas 1957 attraction with support from a stage show. The Roxy was demolished in the summer of 1960.

Tinseltoes on April 30, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Seventy years ago today, the Paramount Theatre entered the fourth week of a record-breaking 2-for-1 Show with Paramount’s “Road to Zanzibar” on screen and Harry James & His Orchestra heading the stage portion. In the first three weeks of the engagement, the Paramount sold 423,000 tickets, an average of 20,143 per day, which is plenty sensational for a theatre of just over 3,600 seats. The B&W movie, of course, starred Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, and Dorothy Lamour. Harry James' band was the most popular in the USA at the time, and featured Dick Haymes as vocalist. Also on the stage bill were comedian Gil Lamb and a mini-revue of entertainers and showgirls from Monte Proser’s Copacabana nightclub.

Tinseltoes on April 13, 2011 at 2:05 pm

“Meet Danny Wilson” was produced in 1951, but released in 1952. It got reviewed in the trade press in the last week of January, 1952, and was listed on the U-I national release chart for February. The NYC opening was apparently delayed to benefit from Sinatra performing in the stage show as well.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on April 13, 2011 at 12:51 pm

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

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on April 11, 2011 at 1:15 pm

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.

Tinseltoes on April 11, 2011 at 11:40 am

Sorry! “Meet Danny Wilson” with Sinatra on stage opened at the Paramount the day before RCMH’s Easter show with “Singin' in the Rain,” so I assumed the Paramount’s was also a holiday booking. Perhaps it was intended to be, but disappointing buxiness caused Paramount to replace with “Bend of the River” and new stage show. Both films were U-I releases.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 11, 2011 at 11:16 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?

Tinseltoes on April 11, 2011 at 9:37 am

Seventy-five years ago today, the Paramount Theatre opened its 1936 Easter Holiday Show with Paramount’s “Desire,” a B&W romantic comedy that reunited Gary Cooper and Marlene Dietrich for the first time since the sizzling “Morocco.” Headlining the stage revue was Ethel Merman, billed as “The First Lady of Rhythm.” Little Jack Little & His Orchestra were also on-board, plus Jane Cooper, a dancer who’d made a considerable impact in the latest “George White’s Scandals.” From 9:30am opening until 1:00pm, all seats at the Paramount were priced at 25 cents.

WilliamMcQuade on April 9, 2011 at 10:41 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.

Tinseltoes on April 9, 2011 at 10:20 am

Fifty-nine years ago today, the Paramount opened its 1952 Easter Holiday Show with Universal International’s “Bend of the River” on screen in its NYC premiere engagement. The Technicolor frontier epic starred James Stewart, Julia Adams, Arthur Kennedy, and Rock Hudson, under Anthony Mann’s direction. Headlining the Paramount’s stage show was deep-voiced crooner Billy Eckstine, with singer Fran Warren, Bobby Sargent, June & Martin Barrett, and Will Bradley & His Orchestra also on the bill.

BobFurmanek on March 26, 2011 at 11:50 am

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

Tinseltoes on March 26, 2011 at 11:24 am

Fifty-nine years ago today, the Paramount Theatre opened its 1952 Easter holiday show, with Frank Sinatra hip-hopping between screen and stage. The film was Universal-International’s “Meet Danny Wilson,” a B&W melodrama with Sinatra as an aspiring singer trying to break free from mobsters who own his contract. Sinatra also topped the Paramount’s stage show, with support from comedian Frank Fontaine, singer June Hutton, and Buddy Rich & His Orchestra. Sinatra’s career had been in the doldrums for several years, but recovery was on the horizon.

Tinseltoes on March 19, 2011 at 11:10 am

Seventy years ago today, Paramount’s B&W musical “Las Vegas Nights,” which was a showcase for “That Sentimental Gentleman” Tommy Dorsey and his swing orchestra, opened its NYC premiere engagement at the Paramount Theatre. The film included a rendition of “Dolores” by a skinny crooner known as Frank Sinatra, but his name wasn’t metioned in the advertising, which did credit actors Bert Wheeler, Constance Moore, Phil Regan, Betty Brewer, Lillian Cornell, and even comedian Red Donahue and his mule “Uno.” The Paramount’s stage show was topped by singer Allan Jones, comedians Wally Brown & Annette Ames, Ina Ray Huton & Her Orchestra, the Lane Brothers, and, the “Extra Added Attraction” of the Andrews Sisters. Within a year, Sinatra would start performing on the Paramount’s stage and quickly become forever linked to the theatre’s history.

Tinseltoes on March 1, 2011 at 4:26 pm

In remembrance of Jane Russell, it should be noted that 61 years ago today, she and Bob Hope opened a stage engagement here which was described as “The Greatest Entertainment In The Paramount’s History.” Les Brown & His Orchestra and Condos & Brandow were also on the bill. In view of the magnitude of the two “live” headliners, the screen attraction was Paramount’s B&W actioner, “Captain China,” with John Payne, Gail Russell, and Jeffrey Lynn. Doors opened at 8:00am to handle the anticipated crowds.
Russell and Hope had previously been seen on the Paramount Theatre’s screen in 1948 in “The Paleface” and would return in “Son of Paleface” in 1952.