1717 5th Avenue,
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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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