Paramount Theatre

713 Congress Avenue,
Austin, TX 78701

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Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on November 20, 2015 at 9:39 am

The Majestic re-opened as the Paramount on August 29th, 1930, with the four Marx Brothers in “Animal Crackers” as the feature presentation.

trailerjoh on November 2, 2015 at 8:54 pm

Here is a photo taken the night the new blade was lite. We celebrated the new blade along with our 100th birthday. Originally opened Oct. 11, 1915. The blade lighting event was Sept 23, 2015.

DavidZornig on November 2, 2015 at 2:27 pm

2 other photos added courtesy of the Austin History Center Facebook page as well.

DavidZornig on November 2, 2015 at 1:58 pm

1930 photo added, copy via the Austin History Center Facebook page. Photo credit in link below.

October 11th was the 100th anniversary of the 1st production at the Paramount Theater, then known as the Majestic Theater. A play called “When Knights Were Bold” opened on October 11th, 1915. To learn more about the Paramount’s history, visit our photo exhibit in our Holt Gallery, on view until November 1st. You can also visit this website: to read more stories.

trailerjoh on June 15, 2015 at 1:27 pm

Patsy, we get our new blade this fall in time for the centennial. It will be a new replica of the original blade.

trailerjoh on December 25, 2010 at 3:17 pm

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New LED floods on the front of the building can be programed for any color combination. This taken Dec.16,2010 for local premier of the new TRUE GRIT.


TLSLOEWS on February 4, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Great pictures,the place looks good to be 95 yaers old.

trailerjoh on January 27, 2010 at 8:17 pm

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An image of Saint Cecilia painted on the ceiling.

trailerjoh on January 26, 2010 at 1:36 pm

I agree. All it would take is lots of $$$$$$.

Patsy on January 26, 2010 at 12:53 pm

JohnS: 100 in 2015! A nice birthday present would be a vertical sign!

trailerjoh on January 26, 2010 at 8:35 am

No, it is not an atmospheric. More classical in nature. Yeah, we’d love to have the vertical PARAMOUNT sign back. The theater will be 100 in 2015 and another face lift is hopefully in the works.

Patsy on September 12, 2009 at 10:29 am

And I just realized this theatre was a John Eberson! Is it considered an atmospheric?

Patsy on September 12, 2009 at 10:28 am

I just sent the Paramount Theatre an email in regards to returning the vertical marquee to its exterior facade.

trailerjoh on May 23, 2009 at 10:01 am

More random pictures of the Paramount taken in the last 4 years. Some house shots, stage shots and booth related photos.

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MPol on September 20, 2008 at 6:00 pm

What a spectacular-looking theatre, both inside and out. Love the marquee on the outside front, too.

Giles on May 28, 2008 at 11:04 am

a mini 70mm Film Fest is happening in August showing: BARAKA, VERTIGO, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA and 2001.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on February 18, 2008 at 9:01 pm

A 1990 photo of the Paramount in Austin.

kencmcintyre on January 4, 2008 at 6:09 pm

I’m a big Cyndi Lauper fan.

trailerjoh on October 11, 2006 at 4:54 pm

Today is the P’s 91st birthday.

William on April 12, 2006 at 7:35 am

The Majestic Theatre opened on October 11th, 1915.

JimRankin on June 10, 2005 at 9:15 am

Recent color photos of this theatre can be found on the site: “America’s Stunning Theatres” by photographer and stagehand Noah Kern at: Comments and information may be left there without registration; such can be public view or only to Mr. Kern. Scroll down the page to find the name, and then click on the sample image above it to be taken to the page of photos of it.

teecee on May 20, 2005 at 7:06 am

The original organ was a Estey Pipe Organ, opus 1378, installed in 1915.