Paradise Theater

1717 5th Avenue,
Moline, IL 61265

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Paradise Theatre

The Paradise Theater opened on September 14, 1929 with John Breeden in “Fox Movietone Follies of 1929”. It was owned by Brotman, M. & Sons. The theater seated 720 in its Atmospheric syle auditorium, complete with ‘twinkling stars’ in the ceiling. It was located in the 1700 block of 5th Avenue with the Illini Theatre in the next block one way and the Le Claire Theatre in the next block the other way. It was the smaller of the the three theaters on 5th Avenue. Last known as the Cine Paradise, it closed on October 25, 1981 screening Spanish language movies. It was demolished in 1983 and the site remains a vacant lot in 2019.

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cinejim on June 7, 2010 at 1:41 pm

I was “lucky” to have been a projectionist at the Paradise in the fall and winter of 1976 after I closed the Bel-Air Drive In for the season. The old Simplex projectors and Peerless lamp houses were so worn out the other operator and I kept busy just keeping a picture on the screen. Abe & Barney were quite the pair to work for, but they had stories of the old days that I enjoyed listening to for hours when one or the other wandered up to the booth. RIP Abe and Barney.

TLSLOEWS on June 7, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Another day in Paradise.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 8, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Thank you,CINEJAM your work in the booth with hundreds of other men made theatre managers lives a lot easier.i appreciate the work and alway keeping a white hot picture on the screen with Carbons,not a light bulb.

TomBarrister on September 8, 2011 at 2:38 pm

I remember taking a date to the Paradise in 1969 or 1970. The Boston Strangler was playing (after showing at two other theaters on its first and second runs). I can still feel the nail marks in my arm, where my date gripped it whenever a violent scene was on the screen. The theater was run down even then, but downtown was still fairly safe to walk in. The YMCA wasn’t far from there, if I remember correctly, nor was the New York Store and Walgreens.

DavidZornig on November 13, 2017 at 5:26 pm

1935 photo added, credit Roberta Fertel via the Retro Quad Cities Facebook page. Original marquee featuring “The Last Days Of Pompeii”, released in the U.S. October 18, 1935.

dallasmovietheaters on June 14, 2019 at 3:33 pm

The Paradise closed October 25, 1981 with two Hispanic films, “Un Quijote Sin Mancha” and “Ilegales y mojados.” It was known very briefly as Cine Paradise.

davidcoppock on June 14, 2019 at 11:13 pm

Also opened with “Aesops Fables in sound”.

davidcoppock on June 14, 2019 at 11:17 pm

I think the site is now a house?

DavidZornig on June 15, 2019 at 5:54 am

Street view still shows it as a vacant lot, in between the neighboring buildings in the Overview photo.

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