Paramount Theatre

142 Broadway,
Long Branch, NJ 07740

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View of the Paramount Theatre from the balcony

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Built as the Broadway Theatre in 1912. It was remodeled in 1930 by architect Leon Cubberley into an Atmospheric style theatre, and renamed Paramount Theatre. This large and ornate theatre in downtown Long Branch was recently used by Siperstein’s Paints until they vacated it.

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Roloff on April 19, 2008 at 3:28 pm

Good thing it’s being restored! See a hi-res scan of one of the postcards from above, featuring Reade’s Strand and the Paramount across the street, from 1939, in my Flickrstream:
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veyoung52 on July 26, 2008 at 5:10 pm

I just found the following on the c.t. page for the Paramount in Asbury Park (theatre #222) concerning this Paramount in Long Branch.

“The Paramount Long Branch was also used for test exhibition of Cinemiracle and WINDJAMMER. The film was eventually exhibited at the St. James in July 1959. posted by on Dec 7, 2006 at 2:25am”

Does anybody know anything more about this? The film was also scored and tested in late 1957 at the Mt. Edens in the Bronx. Thanks.

markp on July 26, 2008 at 6:35 pm

It is my understanding that work on bringing it back to a theatre is going at a snails pace. Lets hope it gets done in the next 2 to 3 years.

atmos on May 14, 2011 at 5:05 am

I believe the architect was Leon Cubberley.

Porcelain Doll
Porcelain Doll on October 31, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I don’t think they are restoring this theatre anymore, place is in such terrible shape and no work had been done since the closure of the paint warehouse.

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on March 22, 2012 at 11:09 am

Here’s a blog posting and some recent pictures of the Paramount Theatre

Gamble on March 23, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Damn you sipersteins! I highly doubt renovations will ever take place there.

Metropolite on April 22, 2014 at 4:13 am

In 1960 WRLB (Radio Long Branch) 107.1 signed-on from studios on the second floor, since moved to Neptune under new owners. On April 21, 2014 a man jumped or fell from still-used 384-foot tower behind the building. Newspaper story said neighborhood is “blighted and ready for large-scale urban redevelopment.”

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on April 5, 2015 at 9:33 am

The Broadway Theatre is listed in the 1914/15 American Motion Picture Directory at 135 Broadway. That would make it across the street from the Paramount and likely a previous name for the Strand. Anyone know the truth behind this?

DavidZornig on November 25, 2015 at 9:04 pm

1953 photo added. Members of a civic group opposed to burlesque shows picket the Reade Paramount Theater on June 28, 1953 in Long Branch, N.J., to protest the opening of the theater for burlesque entertainment. The opening show went on as scheduled. (AP Photo)

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