Paramount Theatre

827 S. White Station Road,
Memphis, TN 38138

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Paramount Theatre

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The opening of the Paramount Theatre in the Eastgate Shopping Center took place on November 19, 1964. The new ABC-Paramount showplace began as a single screen theatre with 858 seats in its gold-draped, curtain wall auditorium. Like most ABC theatres of the period, it was designed by architect Henry George Greene, who attended the opening. The widescreen, large format cinematography, 70mm Todd-AO, 6-track stereophonic sound, music filled soundtrack, presentation of “The Sound of Music” was shown as a reserved seat ‘roadshow’ engagement at this theatre. It started on April 7, 1965 and played for 79 weeks! That’s over a year and a half.

The theatre was later twinned and closed in 1990. No trace remains except a lone photograph.

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gspragin
gspragin on July 23, 2007 at 7:17 pm

I saw the “Sound of Music” in the early ‘60s at the Paramount. Later, I stood in a long line to see “The Exorcist” in 1973. I was too young to get in without a parent. My mother and I had nightmares for years…

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on March 18, 2008 at 4:08 pm

The widescreen, large-format cinematography,70mm TODD-AO, 6 track sterephonic sound, music filled soundtrack, presentation of “The Sound of Music” was shown as a reseved seat “roadshow” engagemement at this theater. It started on April 7, 1965 and played for 79 WEEKS! That’s over a year and a half!

“The hills are alive with the sound of music.” Oscar Hammerstein II 1895-1960

Ripshin
Ripshin on March 29, 2009 at 10:17 pm

I could have sworn that I saw “The Empire Strikes Back” there in 1980, on a single large screen. It was the largest screen showing the film.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 17, 2009 at 9:39 pm

According to Boxoffice Magazine, November 30, 1964, the opening of the Paramount in Eastgate Shopping Center had taken place on November 19. The new ABC-Paramount showplace began as single-screener with 858 seats in its gold-draped, curtain wall auditorium. Like most ABC theaters of the period, it was designed by architect Henry G. Greene, who attended the opening.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 22, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Another PARAMOUNT check out the PARAMOUNT Nashville, Tennessee on C.T.

Ripshin
Ripshin on May 24, 2010 at 5:36 pm

I spoke with my friend who attended “The Empire Strikes Back” premiere back in May of 1980, at the Paramount, and he agrees that it was a single screen at that time. Also, there WAS some 60s uniqueness to its design, and it had a great sign.

PineCabn
PineCabn on February 11, 2011 at 8:40 am

I saw “The Empire Strikes Back” at the Park Theatre during it’s original run. It was in 70 MM and the film kept breaking. I was given a pass to return…management attributed the breakage to a mis-aligned film gate.

obitguy
obitguy on January 31, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Like most Memphians in the 60s, this was where we saw “The Sound of Music.” “Ice Station Zebra” played there a long time also. Two buddies and I snuck out of Central High to go to the first showing of “The Exorcist.” David forged a note from his mom about a doctor’s appointment. He then ran to a pay phone by the Methodist Hospital. Bruce and I then went separately to the principle’s office and told them we were sick. We called the payphone and David passed himself off as our mothers to the lady in the office. We caught a bus out east and got into the first showing. My last memory of the Paramount was seeing the lousy Led Zeppelin concert movie “The Song Remains the Same.” There was a Shoney’s next to the theater I remember seeing a group of old diners looking on in horror at all of us “long haired hippies” lined up to see the movie.

egollie
egollie on September 23, 2012 at 10:32 pm

Does anyone remember seeing the movie “The Late Great Planet Earth” at the Paramount? I saw it but can’t remember when it was actually shown there. Thank you for any help in this matter.

Ripshin
Ripshin on September 24, 2012 at 8:13 pm

IMDb says January 1979, was the release date.

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