Paris Theater

315 E. Washington Street,
Phoenix, AZ 85004

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OCRon on November 17, 2014 at 5:43 am

There is theater at 315 E. Washington on the Sanborn Insurance Maps of 1946. The Arizona Republic on October 9, 1944, shows that it opened as the Azteca, Featuring First-Run Mexican Productions. Built Especially For Mexican Audiences. These couldn’t be described solely as Spanish-language films. They were true Mexican films made during the heyday of the Mexican film industry in the 40s and 50s. The map and opening ad is in the photo section.

Later ads in the Arizona Republic for 315. E. Washington are:

October 21, 1966: Opens as Gayety Theatre, a burlesque house.

March 23, 1967: Now Paris Theatre, with adult films.

August 1971: Obscenity hearing by city attorney. (see news article in photo section).

June 1972: Closed.

DavidZornig on May 27, 2014 at 3:02 am

It must have been a theater twice then, 1944 and later. Because it was Jefferson Super Mart in 1963, before it became the Paris Theater sometime before 1969. I added a 1963 photo before it was the Paris.

DavidZornig on May 27, 2014 at 2:37 am

Added two photos found on the Vintage Phoenix Facebook page.

chrisxxx on June 14, 2011 at 2:43 am

Hmmm, lived in Phoenix my entire 65 years and do not remember a Paris Theater.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 3, 2009 at 8:40 am

This theater must be the one mentioned in the November 4, 1944, issue of Boxoffice. The item said that the new theater owned by Louis Long and Walter Gregg was nearing completion at Third and Washington in Phoenix. The house was in a building converted from a garage. Plans for the conversion were drawn by the Phoenix architectural firm of Lescher & Mahoney.