Paramount Theatre

509 Grand Avenue,
Des Moines, IA 50309

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Paramount Theatre

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The Capitol Theatre was opened by Publix Theaters Corporation on August 19, 1923.

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MiltonSmith on April 2, 2009 at 5:50 am

Yes, the Paramount was also known as the Capitol as shown in a picture I’ve found on a Facebook profile “Photos from the Lost Des Moines”. It shows both the Marquee of the Des Moines Theatre and the Capitol Theatre. Also, has other pics of other theatres including the KRNT Theatre (aka Shrine Temple Auditorium and Za-Ga-Zig Shrine Temple)and many others, some I’ve not been able to locate on Cinema Treasures which is surprising as the KRNT Radio Theatre was once known as the largest in the U.S. once upon a time.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 22, 2009 at 1:52 am

The May 4, 1929, issue of Movie Age said that the Capitol Theatre in Des Moines would close at the end of the week and would reopen about May 12 as the Paramount. The house would no longer employ a band or present stage shows.

RJT70mm on May 21, 2009 at 6:02 pm

In the summer of 1967 I visited the booth at the Paramount. The projectionist was Norman Randolph who was business agent for the Des Moines IA local. They had a pair of Super Simplexes with SH 1000 soundheads and Four Star sound and Peerless Magnarcs on LL3 bases.
The film was “Bonnie and Clyde”.

rodmo71 on July 10, 2009 at 2:00 am

The Polk County Convention Complex now stands where the Paramount was.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 29, 2010 at 12:42 pm

The principal architect of the Capitol Theatre was Norman T. Vorse, of the firm of Vorse, Kraetsch and Kraetsch. After the construction of the Capitol, the firm’s offices were moved into the 12th floor of the office building that was part of the project.

Here is a web page with a biography of Norman T. Vorse.

KCB3Player on October 19, 2014 at 12:01 am

Sad loss for Downtown Des Moines, IS I know that the also lost the River Hills and the Riviera. Loved those theaters.

stevedenunzio on March 30, 2015 at 4:30 pm

So, is this the original Pastime Theatre? This entry at Wikipedia makes me think so…

“The original Englert Theatre was opened September 26, 1912 featuring a local eight-piece orchestra whose leader Punch (Albert C.) Dunkel and his brother Charles co-owned another local movie house, Pastime Theatre (later called Capitol Theatre).”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 30, 2015 at 5:53 pm

stevedenunzio: This page is for the Capitol/Paramount Theatre in Des Moines. The Wikipedia page you cite is about the Englert Theatre in Iowa City, so the Pastime/Capitol Theatre it refers to is also in Iowa City. Its Cinema Treasures page is at this link.

rivest266 on November 27, 2015 at 11:38 pm

May 10th, 1929 grand opening ad as Paramount in photo section.

rivest266 on November 27, 2015 at 11:40 pm

August 19th, 1923 grand opening ad as Capitol in photo section

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