Paramount Theatre

1501 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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Ed Miller
Ed Miller on May 30, 2010 at 7:08 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 3:37 pm

Renewing link.

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on April 23, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Thank you for your good words Life’s-too-short. Click here for another photograph of the Paramount Theatre taken in 1937 by George Mann. As in Tinseltoes' entry above, Martha Raye is again on screen, this time in “Double of Nothing” with Bing Crosby.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on April 23, 2010 at 12:46 pm

That entire photo set is very nice Brad.

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on April 22, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Click on the year for photographs of the Paramount Theatre taken in 1932 , 1935 and 1939 by George Mann of the comedy dance team, Barto & Mann.

jwballer on April 19, 2010 at 10:12 pm

Interesting Photo of the 1964 demolition.
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William on February 19, 2010 at 3:11 pm

And you got a preview to in that picture for that night.

William on January 29, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Remember it was also a marketing gimmick to get people into the theatres by offering a Big screen television for special events. Up until the 70’s theatres offered those closed circuit fights in theatres using those large RCA type projectors. On those nights the manager hoped and prayed the feed would hold and not lose picture.

Vito on January 29, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Yes Bill, the Boob tube I believe we called it.
But there was a positive side, we went all out to beat tv with great advancesments like 70mm,Cinerama,CinemScope and Stereo sound. Then of course we had all those marvelous gimmicks (bless em) 3-D, odorama
and the rest. Silly stuff of course but we had fun exhibiting them and for a while anyway the audiences loved it.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on January 28, 2010 at 10:50 am

I’m surprised they didn’t find another word to call it besides “Television”. TV and movies were bitter enemies in 1951, right?

Vito on January 28, 2010 at 10:08 am

The date 2/2/51

Ike,Ella,Dean and Jerry

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Vito on December 10, 2009 at 12:14 pm

That’s a gteat shot. i would not have wanted to be on the crew changing that wonderful marquee in that weather.
What a work of art those marquees were in those days, all the lettering perfectly centered and spaced.

BobFurmanek on October 31, 2009 at 8:37 pm

“The Carpetbaggers” was the final regular screen attraction and closed after a 5 week run on Tuesday, August 4, 1964.

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William on August 27, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Hard Rock is putting the finishing touches on a new screen systems and LED lighting for the marquee. The LED’s are much brighter than the former lighting source they had when the marquee returned with the WWF store.

kencmcintyre on June 17, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Sailors throw tomatoes at the Paramount in October 1944. From the NY Daily News.

GeorgeTobor on May 18, 2009 at 2:34 pm

I was addressing the use of copyrighted photographs and will not enter into a discussion of the legality of ads. Many authors must pay a royalty fee to use photographs in their publications. Posting photographs obtained without express permission is illegal. You are distributing photographs that do not belong to you and which you have no express permission to do so. Once a photograph is posted on a blog, thousands of people can copy and continue to distribute said photograph. The value of each photograph may decrease due to this illegal copying. I believe that the webmaster should prohibit the use of any illegally obtained material on this blog.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 18, 2009 at 1:48 pm

As a personal subscriber to Proquest, I can assure you that you are wrong. My contract specifies ALL images are for personal use only and cannot be published in any way, including electronic.

The original ad mats are part of the copyright of the films themselves and are usually owned by studios, not newspapers. Ad agencies can be sued for even altering them these days.

All reproduced movie ad art work technically requires permission even if studios rarely bother unless another studio is stealing their campaign.

I agree that ken mc should have, at least, given that book some credit as it may help sales. But you already took care of that.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 16, 2009 at 8:33 pm

Waaren, since the ads you post often have the Proquest “reproduction prohibited” tag still on them, isn’t this comment a bit hypocritical?

GeorgeTobor on May 16, 2009 at 11:40 am

Indeed I must whole heartily agree. The level of piracy that this individual exhibits is appalling. The excellent reputation of this blog is being diminished by these ill gotten photographs. It is time for the webmaster to put an end to this ludicrous practice.

kencmcintyre on May 16, 2009 at 1:28 am

Here is another interior photo from the same era:

kencmcintyre on May 13, 2009 at 2:37 am

Here is an interior photo, circa 1920s:

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 7, 2009 at 7:32 pm

A 12/23/54 NY Daily News ad for “the greatest Christmas attraction of all time”. Er, I don’t think so … even Paul Newman would take issue with that statement:

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Bway on April 30, 2009 at 1:14 pm

While it’s a shame the Paramount is lost, at least they brought back the exterior, and a recreation of the marquee.