Paramount Theatre

509 Front Street,
Brainerd, MN 56401

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Opened in 1890 as the Park Opera House. It was remodeled in 1929 in an Atmospheric style. This theater was one of the bigger theaters in Brainerd. According to the Brainerd Dispatch, it offered movies for 25 cents in 1943 and was closed in 1985, and demolished in the 1990’s.

The Paramount and Brainerd Theaters were the only two theaters in Brainerd from the classic era that survived into the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s.

Contributed by Dana LaFontaine

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 19, 2007 at 7:25 am

Here is a June 1954 ad from the Brainerd Daily Dispatch:
http://tinyurl.com/yqkazj

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 23, 2009 at 2:05 am

According to Movie Age of November 30, 1929, the new Publix house at Brainard was scheduled to open on December 15. It was, the magazine said, “…an atmospheric theatre with open sky and twinkling star effects.”

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 3, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Did they mean the style was atmospheric or something else?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 18, 2012 at 8:25 pm

According to local sources, the Paramount Theatre was built in 1890 as the Park Opera House. A 1987 item in the local newspaper said that the last movie at the Paramount was shown on September 5, 1985. Another item noted that the style of the 1929 remodeling was “Spanish Mediterranean.”

atmos
atmos on December 11, 2012 at 6:19 am

There are exterior photos of this theatre in the Liebenberg and Kaplan papers at the University of Minnesota library which would indicate they were the architects in 1929.

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