Paramount Theatre

1607 Capitol Avenue,
Cheyenne, WY 82001

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ca: 1910 post card view of the Capitol Avenue Theatre in Chyenne, Wyoming

The Capitol Avenue Theatre opened in 1905. It was badly damaged by a fire in late-1915. It was renovated and reopened as the Capitol Theatre. By 1931 it had been renamed Paramount Theatre. The auditorium was destroyed by fire in 1980. The front of the building survived and is now in use as a cafe and ballroom. The Paramount marquee is still above the entrance.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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spectrum
spectrum on October 31, 2010 at 9:14 pm

From the photos above, it looks like there was a fire at the Paramount in 1980, and the current Google photo shows that the auditorium has been razed, wiuth the lobby portion remaining (with marquee) as a retail store.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 31, 2010 at 10:28 pm

thanks for the pictures.

roburtone
roburtone on May 30, 2011 at 12:36 pm

This was a real lost treasure, a real beauty. I was fortunate enough to see the special edition of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” here a short time before the fire.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 20, 2015 at 12:10 am

The May 10, 1924, issue of The Moving Picture World said that the Capitol Theatre in Cheyenne had opened recently.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on November 21, 2019 at 8:26 pm

Motion Picture Herald, Jan. 8, 1955: “Fox Intermountain Theatres sold 650-seat Bison, McCook, Neb., and 850-seat Paramount, Cheyenne, Wyo., to Carlin Smith.”

AndreasP
AndreasP on December 2, 2019 at 11:34 am

The photo caption of a postcard of ca. 1910 (this is right, I have the same card posted in 1908) contradicts the statement “opened in May 1924” in the main text.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 2, 2019 at 5:36 pm

“The Paramount Building was built as the Capitol Avenue Theater in 1905…. Architect William DuBois designed the structure….” (Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, Nov 29, 2017. Article here.) The article also notes a major fire in the theater section of the building in 1915 (this event was noted in the January 22, 1916 issue of The Moving Picture World) and its renovation as the Paramount in the 1930s.

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