Paramount Center for the Arts

518 State Street,
Bristol, TN 37620

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 7, 2015 at 7:47 pm

The NRHP Registration Form for the Bristol Commercial Historic District, which includes the Paramount, attributes the design of the theater to an Atlanta firm called McDonald & Company.

DavidZornig on December 7, 2015 at 6:47 pm

1931 photo added copyright K&G, courtesy of the AmeriCar The Beautiful Faceboook page. Paramount blade sign down the street.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on November 19, 2010 at 8:28 am

From the 1950s a newsprint photo of the Paramount Theater in Bristol.

Mikeoaklandpark on February 2, 2009 at 11:01 am

I was in Bristol on Saturday and saw this lovely theatre. I have taken a picture to post, but unfortunatley I don’t know how to do it since the add a photo link is offline.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on December 25, 2008 at 12:46 pm

A 1992 view of the Paramount Theater in Bristol.

Boyder on August 20, 2008 at 3:05 am

You can read about the theatre and the organ with lots of pictures of the renovation and the theatre today at

JackCoursey on August 19, 2008 at 6:54 pm

Without question the Paramount is one of the most beautiful theatres on this planet! Support it, visit it. It is a true gem. The following photos from August 2008 do not do justice to the Paramount, but a least give a taste of what it has to offer: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Boyder on April 2, 2008 at 3:04 pm

View link is a slide show on the theatre and the present organ, which does rise from the pit. This organ came from the Paramount Theatre in Charlottesville, Va., which due to the renovation lost their organ chambers and can no longer support a theatre organ.

ItsNickJ on January 25, 2008 at 7:32 pm

I’ll look around and see if I have any.

mrchangeover on January 25, 2008 at 5:43 pm

Anyone have any interior photos of the Paramount?
Nothing on their website.

ItsNickJ on December 30, 2007 at 2:06 pm

Theatre Bristol is a performing group not an actual theatre. The building in question at 512 State Street, just up from the Paramount, contains the offices for Theatre Bristol as well as a smaller venue (about 125 seats) know as the “Art Space” created for smaller productions.

JackCoursey on December 13, 2006 at 4:12 pm

Here are photos of the Paramount 1, 2, 3

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on October 2, 2006 at 7:00 am

The Bristol Paramount has had another Wurlitzer organ installed: not the original instrument but one of similar design.

Patsy on January 17, 2006 at 5:23 pm

“….the Paramount contained a Mighty Wurlitzer, which was lifted hydraulically from the orchestra pit to stage level…..” and I’m sure the residents of Bristol wish that this Mighty Murlitzer were still in residence at the Paramount!

Patsy on January 17, 2006 at 5:19 pm

“In the 50s, when a CinemaScope screen was installed, the ornate proscenium arch was damaged and its organ taken out.” So many theatres were changed due to the word….CinemaScope and in this case the ornate proscenium arch damaged which is such a shame along with the fact that the Wurlitzer was ‘taken out’! I’ve been in Bristol, but at the time did not have the old movie palace bug so didn’t make note of its presence.

JackCoursey on November 3, 2005 at 2:16 pm

As to whether the Theatre Bristol is an actual theatre and a performing group, I do not know. I came across an old listing of properties on State Street and happen to notice that the only building noted as a theatre was the Bristol. I have yet to travel to the area and haven’t had much luck to date locating anyone with an exacting knowledge of this theatre.

JackCoursey on November 2, 2005 at 4:28 pm

There is a Bristol Theatre (currently the Theatre Bristol) which was built in 1900 in the 506-510 block of State St. Are the Bristol and Paramount one of the same?

beardbear31 on September 14, 2005 at 1:40 pm

A recent picture of the facade can be found at View link