Paramount Theatre

1501 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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roxy1927 on October 9, 2008 at 2:42 pm

Look at the women and girls in the Snow White photo.
They are all in dresses and skirts. I don’t see one in slacks.
And it looks like a matinee.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on October 9, 2008 at 1:15 pm

The 9/08 photos show only the site of the Paramount Theatre, which was totally demolished in the 1960s. The marquee is just a replica of the original, which, of course, did not have electronic display panels.

JackCoursey on October 7, 2008 at 6:52 pm

The following are September 2008 photos of the former Paramount Theatre: 1, 2, 3, 4

Rory on October 3, 2008 at 1:22 pm

“Love Me Tender” and “Snow White and The Three Stooges” would be because, I believe, the Paramount was the premiere theatre in NYC for some 20th Century-Fox movies for several years.
“The Best of Everything” and “Journey To The Center Of The Earth” both premiered there in late 1959.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on October 3, 2008 at 8:46 am

Possibly the lowpoint in film bookings at the Paramount came in January, 1958, with the exclusive NYC premiere engagement of this AIP release, which lasted for an unlucky 13 days. Variety reported a gross of a “fair” $23,000 in the first week, and $15,000 for the remaining six days. With a graduated price scale averaging $1.50, that meant an attendance of about 15,333 patrons in the first week and 10,000 in the abbreviated holdover session. The opening day ad in The New York Times was so small that it got buried near the bottom of the page: View link

42ndStreetMemories on August 22, 2008 at 5:12 am

I thought it was the singer, Frankie, that drew the crowds at the Paramount, apparently not…Great shot, RobertR.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 22, 2008 at 6:31 am

Phil Spitalny and his all female orchestra played numerous engagments at the New York Paramount, and also at the Capitol Theatre, but, of course, not simultaneously.

CaptainAnthony on July 21, 2008 at 7:21 pm

This might shake some memories loose. I remember seeing two stage shows at the Paramount on Times Square. The first featured Phil Spitalny and His All-Girl Orchestra (featuring Evelyn and her magic violin). The second starred Johnny Ray.

AnthonyBiancoviso on July 21, 2008 at 4:08 pm

Re barton’s 7/26/04 posting- The night “Let’s Make Love” was sneak previewed at the Paramount, the regular attraction was “Hud.” I was there that night and saw Shirley MacLaine and Joan Collins, but not Milton Berle.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 13, 2008 at 7:39 am

In March, 1927, during the grand opening week of the Roxy Theatre, the Paramount ran newspaper ads to proclaim that it was still “unparalleled in the chronicles of entertainment.” The first section of the ads described the superiority of the Paramount’s stage shows, the second its famous resident organist, the third its quality screen fare, the fourth its easily affordable ticket prices:
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kencmcintyre on June 2, 2008 at 11:30 am

OK. I took some pictures, but not worth much now. Thanks.

William on June 2, 2008 at 11:25 am

That’s right it’s all a re-creation.

kencmcintyre on June 2, 2008 at 11:19 am

I was in front of the Hard Rock yesterday. If I understand correctly, the marquee is a re-creation and not the original? Also the Paramount lettering on the building?

edblank on May 30, 2008 at 2:41 pm

Thanks for all of the extra information, Warren. I didn’t know enough then to be impressed by the combined Dorsey bands, and I’m guessing Joey Bishop was no more to me than someone who turned up on Ed Sullivan occasionally. I even enjoy knowing what we had trailers of that day.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 30, 2008 at 10:30 am

The Frank Sinatra stage show with “Johnny Concho” on screen opened on August 15th, 1956, and had a limited run of one week only. On stage, Sinatra was accompanied by the “joint band” of Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey. Comedian Joey Bishop also served as emcee. “Johnny Concho” ran for another week on its own at the Paramount, before being replaced on August 29th by “The Ambassador’s Daughter,” which returned the Paramount to its films-only policy.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 28, 2008 at 7:47 am

In September, 1949, Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis topped the stage show during the engagement of their first movie, “My Friend Irma.” This ad notes that the Paramount was “The Nation’s First Theatre to Reduce Prices.” General admission on weekdays was 55 cents from opening until 1PM: View link

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 28, 2008 at 7:19 am

Yes, Sinatra did perform on stage during the run of “Johnny Concho.” I doubt that the movie would have drawn flies without his “in person” support. This was probably the last time that he ever played a theatrical engagement anywhere of that type.

edblank on May 27, 2008 at 9:45 pm

Do I remember correctly that Frank Sinatra appeared here during the engagement of his “Johnny Concho”? He (oddly enough) co-produced this minor western, which he later dissed on the TV special “Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back."
I saw "Johnny Concho” at the Paramount and vaguely recall Sinatra making a live appearance.
Also caught “The Carpetbaggers” here on a mobbed Saturday night in the summer of 1964.

jflundy on May 25, 2008 at 9:45 am

Great pictures Warren !
Here is a lesser quality image from election night of 1928 showing part of the marquee as well as the Rialto vertical in the distance:
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The crowd in the square is there to see the election results as hometown favorite Al Smith was defeated by Herbert Hoover.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 19, 2008 at 9:30 am

Here are new links to two views of the Paramount’s marquee:
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ErnieN on May 7, 2008 at 9:18 am

Great picture. I attended that show. Estrogen was rampant.


Ernie Nagy

kencmcintyre on May 2, 2008 at 8:14 pm

This 1944 photo from the NYT may have been posted before. Apologies for any duplication:

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 9, 2008 at 8:40 am

Here’s an ad for Charlton Heston’s debut at the Paramount Theatre in October, 1950. The B&W “Dark City” proved a boxoffice disappointment, ending up on the Loew’s neighborhood circuit as supporting feature to the Fred Astaire-Betty Hutton Technicolor musical, “Let’s Dance”: View link

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 6, 2008 at 1:11 pm

Charlton Heston’s first movie for a major Hollywood studio, Paramount’s “Dark City,” played its premiere New York City engagement at the Paramount Theatre in October, 1950, accompanied by a stage show. Due to a lengthy production schedule, Heston’s next movie, “The Greatest Show on Earth,” produced and directed for Paramount by Cecil B. DeMille, did not get released in NYC until January, 1952, when it opened at Radio City Music Hall, supported by a stage show.