Paramount Theatre

1621 Glenarm Place,
Denver, CO 80202

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Paramount Theater - 16th Street

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Opened on August 29, 1930, the majestic Art Deco-style Paramount Theatre is now a popular concert venue.

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lthanlon on August 26, 2008 at 10:28 pm

Did many of the downtown theaters actually show CinemaScope full height as well as full width? I ask because in the late 1970s, a friend of mine was writing a story on film formats and asked me to photograph the Paramount’s screen in both flat and scope configurations. The Paramount management was very helpful and masked the screen for me in both formats.

I struck by the fact that at 1.85, the screen was larger and that they masked it vertically for scope — resulting in a smaller image. I still see many theaters of recent vintage doing this today.

Makes me wonder just how impressed folks were back in the day with scope films that were projected smaller than a masked presentation.

USjamesbond on August 5, 2009 at 9:50 am

The marquee on the 16th street side (main entry) was very large. It had the words PARAMOUNT on a revolving yellow sign and white on the other side that moved and small bright lights surrounded it. It was great a night. I have not seen any photo’s of the large concession stand within the main doors or a photo of the large majestic staircase that went to the mezzanine. On the mezzanine were large bathroom all with marble casing and below on the first floor were lounges for both men and women. There are no photo’s of this beautiful theatre interiorally, if anyone has please post them.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on July 15, 2010 at 12:27 am

From the 1950s a view of the Paramount and Denver Theatres in Denver.

roundgrandma on August 10, 2011 at 1:54 am

This brought “They Paved Paradise” to mind, looking over cars on the parking lot where the Denver Theatre once sat. Anyone remember the entrance to the “Edelweiss Club” right next to the Paramount? I wonder if they’re still there. Thank goodness for photos to preserve our mental memories of places long gone.

roundgrandma on August 10, 2011 at 1:57 am

Wasn’t “A Hard Day’s Night” shown at the Paramount? I seem to recall the line that was filled with many of us fans.

Patsy on March 8, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Love the interior photo that “lost memory” once posted…sure miss that CT member who gave so much of his time and theatre knowledge to CT!

bbfarmer on February 5, 2013 at 1:43 pm

There’s a theater that’s not on the site which should be. A twin screen arthouse called “The Flicks at Larimer Square”, which I seem to remember being at the Northeast corner of Larimer and 15th St. It had large white windows with caricatures by Al Hirschfeld all over them. I saw many movies there, like “If”, “Performance”, “King of Hearts”, that sort of stuff. How can I add a theater to the site?

ron1screen on December 2, 2014 at 7:34 pm

Reading the comment from 2008 on aspect ratio’s, and have to say that CinemaScope is 2:35 to 1 while Flat is 1:85 to 1. That said scope is supposed to be much wider than flat. I have seen the use of maskings that make scope smaller. This is due to the lenses the theatre is using and their desire to provide the largest image all the time. Some theatre’s have non-moveable maskings and so the flat image fills the entire screen and scope is either cropped on the sides or full width but shorter in height. These are incorrect presentation practices. Both flat and scope should fill the screen top to bottom, but flat should have black maskings on the sides while scope should be much wider with the side maskings open. Unfortunately real showmanship is gone from most Theatres today.

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