Paramount Theatre

9 Union Street N.,
Concord, NC 28025

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Mentioned in the book "Stroke of Fortune" by William C. Cline, the Paramount Theatre in Concord, N.C. was the place to see action serials of the day such as, "Dick Tracy vs.Crime Inc"., "Spy Smashers" and "Perils of Nyoka". Tex Ritter the singing cowboy and western star since 1936 would become a regular vistor dropping by to say "howdy" to his Concord friends at the Paramount Theatre anytime he was booked nearby. In the 1940’s, the Paramount Theatre was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary H.F. Kincey.

Concord saw a large selection of traveling actors of the 1940’s known has the Kemp Circuit out of Charlotte. They booked these mainly western stars to promote movies playing in smaller towns.

The Paramount Theatre was still operating in 1950.

Contributed by MikeRogers

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 14, 2010 at 3:27 pm

“STROKE OF FORTUNE” was published by Empire Publishing inc, Box 717 Madison,N.C. 27025-0717 has plenty of pictures of Concord theatres in the 40’s.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 17, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Tommy Lambert got his start in the distribution of movies working at the PARAMOUNT in Concord.Tommy became manager when it was Wilby-Kincey to Stewart-Everett theatres.He was later transferred to Atlanta to book for Paramount Pictures. From “STROKE OF FORTUNE”.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 22, 2010 at 12:36 pm

I have plenty of pictures,but no way to get them on.Wish I could mail them all to CT and let those folks get them on.

kerilewis82 on March 3, 2011 at 11:26 am


My husband and i are currently leasing the old paramount movie theater in concord, nc. We have been looking for pictures of the place while it was in operation. do you still have any?

Artman on September 12, 2012 at 7:29 am

Mike I am looking for photos and the history of Concord Theaters for a calendar for Cabarrus Bank and Trust. I would love to get in touch with you. My email is

CSWalczak on September 12, 2012 at 7:41 am

If this article is correct, the former theatre has been converted to a pub/restaurant called the Speakeasy Alehouse.

Artman on September 17, 2012 at 6:46 am

Chuck, I am working with several people in Concord on the history of their theaters. So far we have a list of as many as 17 theatres in the downtown. I will summit names and locations when we finish. The Paramount was located at 9 North Union and later was named the Cinema Theater. I was told last week that the restaurant is not located in the old theater building but two doors down. There are some amazing photos that I will share if the owns give me permission.

Artman on September 17, 2012 at 6:59 am

List so far of Concord Theaters
Airdome.1911 Located on S/W corner lot of Foard and South Union

Airdome at different location in 1913. Site unknown Alpine Theater 1921. 70 Tournament St. Black only theater Carolina-Cabarrus 22 North Union Paramount-Cinema. 9 Norht Union Edsall-Winthrope 1906. Tent on NW corner of Means and S Church St Main. 1913. I think it was at 7 North Union but double checking. Marsh-Strand. 1914-1916 & 1916-1917 14-16 West Depot Street New Piedmont. 1918-1929. 10 South Union Pastime. 1910. 22 South Union Star-State. 1920 Star, enlarged in 1921. State by 1941. 3-5 North Union Theatorium. 1908-1918. 20 South Union Concord Theater. 1927. 11 North Union YMCA. North Union and Killarney St (formally Holly Lane) Others that we are still looking for location: Jackson (could have been at Jackson Training school), New House, 1926, Roxy, 1930, and Westmore, 1927 Also on 10-21-1909 Westford Methodist Church,at Kerr Street did the Passion Play and used stereoptieon views and several hundred feet of moving picture films.

Patsy on November 15, 2014 at 12:41 pm

I was in Concord NC last night and will check out the address at 9 Union upon my return to see what is there now.

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