Paramount Theatre

1501 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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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.

Tinseltoes on November 10, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Fifty years ago today, “Lost in Alaska,” a sprawling outdoor epic in CinemaScope and color starring John Wayne, Capucine, Stewart Granger, Ernie Kovacs, and teen rage Fabian, opened its NYC premiere engagement at the Paramount Theatre, which had replaced the now demolished Roxy as a showcase for 20th Century-Fox releases. From 5 to 6:00pm that day only, Fabian himself hosted an “After School Coke Party” in the Paramount’s lobby, handing out autographed photos while some of his hit recordings were played discreetly in the background.

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.

Tinseltoes on November 4, 2010 at 7:38 am

On this day in 1953, the Paramount Theatre opened its “Happy 27th Birthday Show” with WB’s Doris Day-Howard Keel Technicolor musical, “Calamity Jane,” on screen and a stage presentation featuring the Ames Brothers, Pupi Campo & His Orchestra, Clifford Guest, and the Peiro Brothers. The very next day, Howard Keel would also turn up on the screen of Radio City Music Hall with the opening of MGM’s “Kiss Me Kate” (which was accompanied, of course, by a stage show).

Tinseltoes on September 28, 2010 at 7:15 am

On this day in 1938, “If I Were King,” starring Ronald Colman in one of his most unforgettable performances as poet-adventurer Francois Villon, opened its world premiere engagement at the Paramount Theatre. Stage support was provided by Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra, featuring Edythe Wright, Jack Leonard, the Titan Trio, and Gil Lamb, as well as the extra added attraction of Connie Boswell, “America’s Swing Sweetheart.” Don Baker was the the Paramount’s resident organist at the time.

BradE41 on September 23, 2010 at 3:51 pm

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

AlAlvarez 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.

Tinseltoes on September 5, 2010 at 8:37 am

During the Labor Day weekend of 1948, the Paramount Theatre was presenting Barbara Stanwyck and Burt Lancaster in the classic suspenser “Sorry, Wrong Number,” a Paramount release produced by Hal B. Wallis. The stage show comprised Carmen Cavallaro and His Orchestra, the Martin Brothers, and comedian Larry Storch. George Wright was the Paramount’s resident organist at the time.

Tinseltoes on August 27, 2010 at 8:27 am

Here’s a link to some silent newsreel coverage of Frank Sinatra at the Paramount Theatre in 1944, with “Our Hearts Were Young and Gay” as the screen attraction:

Tinseltoes on August 3, 2010 at 8:13 am

Here’s a 1937 view with Paramount’s Jerome Kern musical, “High, Wide And Handsome” as the screen attraction. The movie introduced one of Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s most beloved standards, “The Folks Who Live On The Hill”: View link

Tinseltoes on July 16, 2010 at 9:32 am

Here’s a 1955 view snapped under the Paramount’s marquee:

AlAlvarez 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.

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on April 23, 2010 at 1:54 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 9:46 am

That entire photo set is very nice Brad.

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on April 22, 2010 at 2:31 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 7:12 pm

Interesting Photo of the 1964 demolition.
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Tinseltoes on February 27, 2010 at 8:38 am

Ella Fitzgerald always claimed Martha Raye as a major influence on her singing style. Here, in 1938, both are sharing a bill at the Paramount Theatre, Fitzgerald on stage and Raye on screen:

William on February 19, 2010 at 12:11 pm

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

Tinseltoes on February 19, 2010 at 7:35 am

Here’s a 1935 photo taken during the period when the Paramount Theatre dropped stage shows to combat the Depression economy. DeMille’s “The Crusades” was a popular-priced “move-over” from the Astor Theatre, where it had been a reserved-seat roadshow:
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