Paramount Theater

61 East Center Street,
Provo, UT 84601

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This was the nicest of the three downtown theaters in Provo during my college days of the 60’s. It was no palace, but felt more like a “real” theater than the Academy around the corner, which was a preview of the mini-warehouse school of mall theaters, ambience-wise. Seems like it had a balcony. New multiplex facilities killed this one too.

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utahguy on October 1, 2006 at 5:07 pm

I was the manager of the Paramount in 1977 and did some research in at the Provo library, formerly just up the block. The following is not necessarily in chronological order:
Started out in 1914 as the Pantages Theater (I think). Live performances were given, there was an orchestra pit just in front of the stage (it had been filled in with concrete prior to my time there, but identifiable). There were box seats located to either side of the stage which had been torn out prior to my time but identifiable by the scars on the walls. There were painted backdrops rolled up on the lowest catwalk backstage. To the left (west) side of the auditorium were dressing rooms. It was a Publix Theater for 20-30 years, then a Fox (?), then an ABC Intermountain, a Plitt when I was there. Not sure who had it was it was torn in late ‘04 or early .05

utahguy on July 17, 2007 at 8:05 pm

Another memory. Up in the projection booth, there was a metal box on the rear wall, some sort of an electical connection box or maybe a fuse box (it’s been too long for me to remember). Pull the metal cover open, and someone had written inside, in pencil, (I forget the exact date it stated) “Sound comes to the Paramount, 12/??/29.” I’ll bet that a BIG night that night.

ghamilton on April 24, 2010 at 1:55 pm

When was the horrible “modernizing” of this theater carried out??Destroyed the character ,for sure.

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