Paramount Theatre

167 Main Street,
Brattleboro, VT 05301

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Paramount Theatre (Brattleboro, VT)

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The Paramount Theatre was opened prior to 1941. Gutted in a fire in 1991, the Paramount building now houses a bicycle shop in the lobby area and the auditorium has been converted into office space.

Contributed by Dave Bonan

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kconstant
kconstant on September 1, 2007 at 7:18 pm

I managed this theater for a short time in 1973. We ran “American Graffiti” to packed houses. I still remember the laughter and footstomping to the music as it filled the theater.

This was a very beautiful little theater. It featured scenes along the walls that had small backlights. It also had an effects machine so that we could make “clouds” move across the ceiling and when the lights were dimmed, stars filled the night sky.

There was also an old organ in the pit at the foot of the stage.

At that time, the theater was owned by Western Mass Theater Associates, under the management of Nelson Wright Enterprises.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 27, 2007 at 7:25 am

Semi-Tough with Burt Reynolds and Kris Kristofferson was released in June of 1978.

spectrum
spectrum on July 23, 2008 at 6:08 am

The only remaining interior artifacts are the movie poster cases along the outer lobby, now filled with bicycle posters. The bicycle shop is in the former lobby area. The auditorium portion was so badly burned it had to be gutted and has been converted to offices. One hall wall has a large mural depicting the fire. Some of the brick walls were left bare, showing the scorch marks from the fire.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on July 23, 2008 at 3:58 pm

I was here last week on a cycling trip. Yes, the bike shop is in front and the other lobby store is “Save the Corporations for Themselves” clothing store and there’s an elevator in the back with many offices upstairs. It feels modern and open now. The bottom floor’s facade is a grey stucco and the top floor is a grey brick, the left side is red brick with fire escapes.

The mural in the back has the theatre on fire with a fireman in the watch. The marquee says, “Nightly 7” and “Dances with Wolves”. The center of the mural has many rows of the auditorium seats and to the left another pic of the marquee that says, “The Fire April 30, 1991, 7&9”.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 24, 2009 at 8:04 am

Here are two more 1983 photos:

Photo1

Photo2

DonLewis
DonLewis on November 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm

From the 1950s a photo postcard view of the Paramount Theatre in Brattleboro.

spectrum
spectrum on March 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm

1940?? I had always thought the Paramount opened sometime in the 1920s, based on the decor, but my memory isn’t the best. At any rate, it’s a shame it’s gone.

GeorgeWC
GeorgeWC on December 31, 2012 at 6:19 pm

My grandfather was the first manager of the Paramount in Brattleboro in the late 1930s. His family was in Springfield, MA while he worked in Brattleboro. He later moved to Northampton, MA and managed the Calvin Theatre.

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