Paramount Theatre

1621 Glenarm Place,
Denver, CO 80202

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bbfarmer
bbfarmer on February 5, 2013 at 10:43 am

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?

Patsy
Patsy on March 8, 2012 at 6:20 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!

roundgrandma
roundgrandma on August 9, 2011 at 10:57 pm

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.

roundgrandma
roundgrandma on August 9, 2011 at 10:54 pm

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.

DonLewis
DonLewis on July 14, 2010 at 9:27 pm

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

USjamesbond
USjamesbond on August 5, 2009 at 6:50 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.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on December 3, 2008 at 6:48 am

“zoltanf” obviously made a special effort to post that image in an internet scrapbook, and the best that the phantom poster can say is “nice?” What inconsiderate audacity!

lthanlon
lthanlon on August 26, 2008 at 7:28 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.

JohnMLauter
JohnMLauter on November 6, 2007 at 9:08 am

randini—I played a concert at the paramount in 1990 for the Rocky mountian chapter of the ATOS on that great Wurlitzer.

philbertgray
philbertgray on November 6, 2007 at 8:57 am

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randini
randini on September 18, 2007 at 7:04 pm

Nobody mentions the unique fact that the Denver Paramount was, and still is, the one of two existing US theatres with twin console Wurlitzer theatre organs. The other, of course, is Radio City.

The main console is the lefthand one (from the sudience) and is, naturally, the one most frequently played. The righthand console was, once, at my vociferous insistence, brought up to play in tandem for a Denver Film Festival Opening Night.As you might imagine, the resulting cacaphony went unnoticed by most in attendance.

Except by a few, among them…

Randini

USjamesbond
USjamesbond on August 25, 2007 at 1:36 pm

Does anyone have a photo of the Paramount 16th strre side..the main entry was on 16th street, most of the pictures shown are the Glenarm street side. I used to manage the paramount theatre from 1968 to 1977.

USjamesbond
USjamesbond on August 25, 2007 at 1:30 pm

the towne theatre was located in 16th and welton street right across the street from the RKO International theatre. It was located in the middle of the block.

AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on May 7, 2007 at 9:09 am

When i stood in the auditorium the stage curtain was up and the stage was very shallow indeed. Theres no way it could hold major musicals etc. I guess its just luck its still standing and in such good condition playing the concerts it does. As i mention now the condition its in i just took a look at the official Paramount website and the photos of the auditorium show that work has been done on the auditorium very recently. It does look strange tho as you look down the street and if you know that theres a theatre theres no fly house!

ticktock11
ticktock11 on May 7, 2007 at 7:04 am

Ian, thanks for your post. I wondered earlier if the narrow proscenium indicated that it was built only to show movies. Your note about the lack of a stage house further suggests that.

AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on May 6, 2007 at 6:44 pm

When in Denver last year i walked to the Paramount and found it a very beautiful building stretching a good way down the street, quit impressive tho i found it strange not to see a fly house at the stage area. The theatre was open as there was a concert of something there that night, i approached a young girl who was cleaning the foyer area. I asked if i could possibly take a quick look at the auditorium. After i told i used to work in the cinema industry she walked me in. A very long and narrow auditorium leading up to a not too exciting prosenium arch. Reminded me a little of the Waner Grand in San pedro L.A.The decor was in very good condition. The girl told me that Denver was very proud of the Paramount and in the future a large amount of money was due to be spent on renovation.

William
William on February 5, 2007 at 1:55 pm

Well the size of movie screens were not that big in the 1930’s. In the early 50’s Cinerama and CinemaScope and Todd-AO expanded the size of the movie screen.

ticktock11
ticktock11 on February 5, 2007 at 12:53 pm

The stage/proscenium seems unusually narrow. Is that true? If so, what’s the reason—built only to show movies, perhaps?

snalbor
snalbor on January 7, 2007 at 6:24 am

I’m till trying to find information about the Towne Theater in Denver. It was around in the 60s. I went to a Beatles' movie premiere there. Sally

snalbor
snalbor on January 7, 2007 at 6:24 am

I’m till trying to find information about the Towne Theater in Denver. It was around in the 60s. I went to a Beatles' movie premiere there. Sally

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on January 7, 2007 at 5:01 am

The 1942 Film Daily Year Book lists these theatres for Denver. The number after the name is seating capacity. I can not guarantee the accuracy of this information:
Aladdin, 1400
Alameda, 450
Alpine, 506
Bluebird, 561
Broadway, 1031
Cameron, 728
Colorado, 350
Comet, 350
Denham, 1392
Denver, 2525
Egyptian, 669
Federal, 800
Gem, 500
Granada, 516
Hiawatha, 785
Isis, 1811
Jewell, 575
Kiva, 450
Lincoln, 400
Mayan, 966
Mexico, 394
Mission, 590
Navajo, 380
New Victory, 1100
Ogden, 1221
Oriental, 992
Orpheum, 2600
Palace, 417
Palm, 360
Paramount, 2096
Park, 450
Plaza, 938
Rex, 480
Rialto, 878
Rivoli, 1700
Roxy, 561
Santa Fe, 894
Senate, 540
State, 1000
Sun, na
Tabor, 2269
Tivoli, na
Webber, 910

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 6, 2007 at 2:45 am

Architect Temple H Buell is credited for the Facade and entry on Glenarm Place. It is in a mix of Gothic Revival & Art Deco styles carried out in white terra cotta.

The remainder of the building was by Chicago based architects Rapp & Rapp. Styled in a mix of Art Deco & French Renaissance which is similar to the treatment they applied to the Paramount Aurora, IL the following year (1931).

William
William on November 1, 2006 at 10:54 am

During that time many of the chains were unloading under performing locations and selling properties as leases were up. So if you where a chain that operated a good number of large theatres in the downtown area of the city. You can’t keep all of them operating like the good old days before people all moved to the burbs. When I was based in Los Angeles. I went & worked many times along the Broadway area theatres. During the mid 80’s all those theatres ran full Fri. thru Sun., I’m talking about over 1500 people a show for 5 shows daily. The chain made lots of money on those days, so Mon thru Thur did fair. Those others kept those theatres open for a few more years. But just two years after that Fri thru Sun, the theatres where only pulling in 50 to 100 a show. And during the week you where lucky to get 10 people for a show with a theatre that seats 2000 people. So as a business you can’t keep operating these large houses at that type of a loss. So you slow down the maintenace on the houses and that happened on many of them. During that time frame NGC sold many theatres from the chain. When MANN Theatre bought the chain a few years later. They cut more theatres that where under performing or leases that where up. Look at the Vogue and Hollywood and Fox Theatre in Hollywood are now. Mann Theatres put in some of the sales agreements that the theatres could not operate as movie theatres for a set number of years. The Denver was lucky to operated afew more years. For a theatre at that time that seated over 2000 people, there was not enough good films to keep it a profit making house.

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