Brooklyn Paramount Theatre

385 Flatbush Avenue Extension,
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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ERD on November 7, 2005 at 9:44 am

If L.I.U. restored the auditorium, it would be part of developing an excellent music & theatre department. It would make the university stand out. I am sure they have many gifted people who could write grants. An area for a gym could be found close to the campus.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on November 1, 2005 at 12:06 pm

They would have to find a new place for their basketball team to practice and play in order to follow through on your recommendation, ERD, but I would love to see it happen. It is a beautiful space right now, when one shuts out of one’s mind the architectural detailing that was lost at court level. To see the entire room restored would be miraculous. I don’t think much, if anything, survives of the lobby. Is the mezzanine intact?

ERD on November 1, 2005 at 11:44 am

L.I.U. should consider starting a project to restore the auditorium of the Brooklyn Paramount. As a university, it would be doing Brooklyn and future generations a great cultural service. It was a stunning theatre, and the organ has a beautiful sound.

RobertR on October 10, 2005 at 4:16 pm

July 4th of 1961 the Murray the K show played here with Jackie Wilson headlining, plus 15 other acts. On the screen was “Posse From hell"
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RobertR on August 15, 2005 at 5:25 pm

Here is a great ad from when “The Ten Commandments” played exclusive in Brooklyn here.
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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 27, 2005 at 11:21 pm

He was/is a beauty!

RobertR on July 13, 2005 at 1:47 pm

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A painting of the Paramount

RobertR on July 4, 2005 at 9:03 am

Here is the ad for the Clay Cole-Murray the K show at the Paramount
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RobertR on June 20, 2005 at 3:53 pm

In 1947 the Paramount was showing a re-release of Cecil B DeMilles “Cleopatra” and advertising it “on our giant MAGNASCOPE screen. The second feature was the Technicolor "Tropic Zone” starring Ronald Reagan and Rhonda Fleming. No stage show was advertised.

uncleal923 on June 17, 2005 at 8:14 pm

I just got curious…I heard about the Alan Freed Shows at the Paramount. I am too young to remember them (born 1961). I was wondering if anyone on this site ever been to one.

spencerst on June 17, 2005 at 1:21 pm

i got the e.mail
but i could not open it

RobertR on June 15, 2005 at 6:08 pm

1959 the Paramount advertised itself as the only theatre in Brooklyn to see PERCEPTO………..Vincent Price in “The Tingler” also “The Warrior and the Slave Girl”.

RobertR on June 15, 2005 at 11:29 am

Even stranger
I now found an ad dated 4/1/59 with Alan Freed hosting a show at the Fox.

RobertR on June 14, 2005 at 7:26 pm

Sure I have it at work and will send it out to you in the morning. No need to apologize thats what this site is all about sharing info.


spencerst on June 14, 2005 at 7:23 pm


Bruce1 on June 14, 2005 at 7:42 am

TO: RobertR
I would love to see the NY Times ad that billed the show as ‘Clay Cole & Murray the K’s Holiday Show’ please send it to

RobertR on June 14, 2005 at 4:55 am


Hi, I have the ad from the NY Times 12/29/60 it’s billed as Clay Cole & Murray the K’s Holiday Show. I can send it to you if you would like to see it.

spencerst on June 13, 2005 at 8:56 pm

murray the k never played the brooklyn paramount
he played the brooklyn fox
go to alan
and see all the rock and roll shows at the B.p
i think you wouled like it

RobertR on June 10, 2005 at 5:55 am

Christmas of 1960 Murray the K had his annual holiday show here starring Brenda Lee and 15 other acts. On screen was Rory Calhoun in “Thunder in Carolina”.

Bruce1 on May 11, 2005 at 7:24 am

That may be, but all the blueprints were missing when the search was made under ‘new’ construction and were later found under an earlier date, referencing the original construction.

Bruce1 on May 4, 2005 at 8:02 am

Saps: I spent a lot of time with the architect hired by the last owners of the Loew’s Metropolitan as they prepared to correct the sight lines for the multiplex. While doing her research, she could not find the ‘original blueprints’ filed by Thomas Lamb. By the way, Lamb signed his name bigger than any signer of the Constitution.

She literally haunted the Municipal Archives till they discovered the blueprints under ‘revisions’. The Loew’s Met was originally built around 1914, but at that time it was positively a department store!

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 4, 2005 at 5:36 am

I have added details on the Loew’s Metropolitan page.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 3, 2005 at 6:40 pm

I don’t think Loew’s Metropolitan was ever a department store.

Bruce1 on May 2, 2005 at 8:59 pm

Warren, who is that theatre expert? I can only think of one and he wouldn’t make that mistake!
As far as the Brooklyn FOX, from what I hear, the building’s only major tenant is making plans to leave and the storefronts are already empty. I also understand that in the basement, there you’ll find some of the ‘tile work’ from the men’s room of the FOX. Reason: They tore down the FOX, but kept the original foundation. Now, they just might tare down the existing building and put up a nicer & newer building.

To: Robert R. You forgot the ‘Loew’s Melba’ and ‘Loew’s Metropolitan’ (originally a department store) not to mention The Strand, The Majestic (Now BAM’s HARVEY) RKO Orpheum and a few others.