Paramount Theatre

630 Pittsburgh Street,
Connellsville, PA 15425

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dallasmovietheaters on April 14, 2019 at 7:48 pm

The Paramount Theatre launched in downtown Connellsville on July 18, 1916 with “Gloria’s Romance” and “The Heart of Nora Flynn.” R.L. Hannam was the architect. The theatre adjoined the Globe Theatre which had the Paramount film contract and ceased operations when the Paramount opened. The theatre switched to Vitaphone for talkies in 1929 which included a major interior overhaul.

On July 1, 1949, the Soisson Theatre Co. took on the Paramount and decided to change its name and held a re-naming contest. The winner was the Fayette Theatre upon relaunch on July 19, 1949 opening with “Song of Idaho” and “Highway 13.”. The theatre closed in 1952. It relaunched on January 30, 1953 as the Paramount with “My Outlaw Bride” and “It’s in the Bag.”

The Paramount closed on August 16, 1954 with “Massacre Canyon” and The Wild One.“ It was apparently padlocked. The theatre sold at a sheriff’s sale auction on January 10, 1955 for a scant $144.70. On June 29, 1956, the theatre was home to the Connellsville Revival Center which had the marquee removed in 1973.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 26, 2010 at 1:56 am

This theater returned to its original name of Paramount in 1953, according to the February 7 issue of Boxoffice that year. The house had been closed for six months. The September 4, 1954, issue of Boxoffice reported that the Paramount at Connellsville had been closed.

I haven’t found the Paramount mentioned in any later issues of Boxoffice. A 1956 Boxoffice item said that the only theaters still operating in Connellsville were the Soisson and the Orpheum, so the 1954 closure of the Paramount had probably been permanent.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 4, 2009 at 8:47 pm

Before the 1949 remodeling, the Fayette had been called the Paramount. The new owner, Edwin P. Brown, was also the operator of the Soisson Theatre. This information is from an item in the August 13, 1949, issue of Boxoffice Magazine.