Paramount Theatre

560 Bay Street,
Staten Island, NY 10304

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Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on February 11, 2019 at 9:26 am

Recent photo and preservation update can be viewed here

Garth on October 3, 2014 at 7:46 pm

Garth on July 31, 2014 at 6:55 pm

I was on the commercial strip today of which the Paramount was once a part. There are many new businesses opening in long-shuttered buildings, as well as new ones that have been built. A brand new municipal parking lot is nearing completion adjacent to a McDonalds in the nearby area. To know that the restored theatre whatever it’s intended function would have been a part of this is truly a shame.From the info we have it was the city’s anti small business practices that caused the restoration to prematurely end.

robboehm on June 17, 2014 at 2:40 pm

And, remember, they did a major reno on the St. George which is just down the road and has parking and access to Manhattan via the ferry.

LuisV on June 17, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Curbed has posted a story on its website titled “Peek inside Staten Island’s long shuttered Paramount Theatre”

markp on October 19, 2013 at 4:50 pm

For 4 million dollars you can buy the Ritz Theatre in Elizabeth NJ and its been all refurbished. All 2760 seats have been redone, new carpet, new bar, new restrooms. And it has a 5 story parking deck right next door.

Garth on October 19, 2013 at 7:57 am

Even if the incoming DiBlasio administration is more friendly to small businesses, It would be very difficult to get a thriving operation off the ground in that neighborhood. The loss of the parking lot across the street and the still stagnant economy would be 2 more hurdles.

robboehm on October 18, 2013 at 9:57 pm

What’s the point in purchasing the theatre if the rules and regulations get in the way. The current owners gave up on trying to do anything long before Sandy blew in with all the red tape.

Garth on March 26, 2013 at 9:52 am

Robert, sadly nothing good to report. I see no activity going on when I pass by. I also read on a Stapleton website that there may have been water damage from Sandy. Many businesses on that stretch of Bay Street are only recently reopening after suffering damage. If I hear any news I will post.

RobertR on March 25, 2013 at 9:17 pm

any news on this?

rivoli157 on July 28, 2012 at 9:21 am

Some bookings of the 1970s:


Garth on May 29, 2012 at 10:08 am

I have uploaded several photos taken during the attempted restoration. I found them on a website called Staten Island and the Arts. And Vito you were right, note the marquee photo advertising “2 Big XXX Hits!”

MPol on August 16, 2011 at 6:16 am

You’re welcome, Vito. It’s amazing that they managed to get as far as getting most of the marquee up and running and were just waiting for the green light to have it lit up in the evenings. I remember when Peter used to visit this site. I wish everybody all the best of luck, and am also curious as to what’s happening, even though I don’t reside in the area.

Vito on August 16, 2011 at 5:14 am

Thanks NPoi abd garth, I too was very excited about the project as well as Peter and his partner. They managed to get most of the marquee up and running again and were waiting on a permit to light it up in the evening. And yes, if you are wondering, Peter said “ I want to bring movies back to the Paramount” I know Peter used to visit this site so Peter if you are put there please let us know more of what happened.

Garth on August 15, 2011 at 9:59 pm

As a fan of this theatre I would like to thank Vito for his info and the assistance he gave the new owners in their attempts to restore the theatre. The owners deserve thanks for what they tried very hard to accomplish.

MPol on August 15, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Thanks for the heads up, Vito. It sounds as if getting the codes up to date was the toughest part of all.

Vito on August 15, 2011 at 10:38 am

I am sure there may have been other contibuting factors but I belive the code updates were a big part of it. I worked on the St George and it was just one thing after another getting the fire codes up to date. It is a tribute to that wonderful family who persurvered and got the job done.

MPol on August 15, 2011 at 10:19 am

Without knowing the facts, something sounds a little funny here. If the Paramount really is too expensive to continue renovations on, because getting it up to today’s codes is much too expensive, that’s really unfortunate, because the Paramount looks like such a beautiful theatre.

Sorry that the person who was one of the investors never took you up on your offer to speak to the family that had restored the St. George in order to get assistance.

Vito on August 15, 2011 at 9:19 am

When I last spoke to Peter Lisi, who was one of the investors, he told me of the unexpected problems with getting the building back up to code and the enormous expense involved perticularly with fire codes. I believe this to be the primary reason for the end of the restoration. I offered to speak with the family that had resored the St George for assistance but he never took me up on that.

MPol on August 14, 2011 at 8:48 am

That’s too bad about the Paramount becoming so expensive to renovate that the owners decided not to continue with the project, and to cut their losses instead. Another one bites the dust, I guess.

NativeForestHiller on August 14, 2011 at 12:30 am

What is the latest status of this Art Deco gem? I hope to see this theater preserved. You may e-mail me at

Thank you,
Michael Perlman
Four Borough Neighborhood Preservation Alliance

Garth on June 10, 2011 at 11:12 pm

I don’t know him personally , the Paramount issue came up on the Lane theatre page about the closing of Uncle Vinnies. I do pass by there and if I see the front gate open I will see what I can do.

robboehm on June 10, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Since you’re on friendly terms with Vito could you get in there with a camera and immortalize the place before, whatever is going to happen?

Garth on June 10, 2011 at 2:54 pm

The status should be changed to simply “closed” , sadly. I am informed by Vito that despite extensive renovations , the theatre became a money pit and it was just not practical for the owners to go any further with the project. Cutting their losses may have been the best move , as it is doubtful the business would have thrived in this economy. Add in the lack of parking and the borderline at best neighborhood and the odds of sucsess are pretty slim. A good example is the failure of Uncle vinnies Comedy Club at the Lane theatre.

99ridge10304 on February 5, 2011 at 10:44 pm

I bartended during the years it was a club – I never missed a nite, not even 7/11/81(or 82?) when the Ramones show was canceled by the blackout. Had the opportunity to see every inch of the place over the years including the bsmnt which looked like the Phantom of the Opera’s sewer dwelling complete with a raft for transport over the often flooded floor. Occasionally lucky enough to get crammed into the closet sized DJ booth with a few girls, bartended after parties in the projection room with the bands, aiming the carbon arcs into the seething crowd on the dance floor…quite a time. Paramount was still decent condition and an amazing place at the time.