Paramount Theatre

169 Peachtree Street NE,
Atlanta, GA 30303

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The Howard Theatre was built as a live theatre and opened in December 13, 1920. Built for the S.A. Lynch Enterprises chain, seating was provided for 2,700, with 1,700 in the orchestra, 900 in the balcony and 100 in loges and two boxes. In 1929, it was renamed Paramount Theatre. It was demolished in 1960.

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theatreorganmana on February 22, 2011 at 11:00 am

I have just completed the book, “Tales of a Southern Palazzo” which all you Atlanta Paramount disciples might enjoy. The book, to be published by Outskirts Press late spring – early summer, 2011, reads like fiction although it is a loving memoir of a “complex, twisted, and highly fragrant sotry” about Moultrie, Georgia that is basically true! Using a “singularly distinctive mansion that cements all of the Southern waywardness” as a backdrop, “Tales” recounts the hilarious and otentimes unbelieveable events that have occurred during the tenure of three Southern bachelors within and without its Palladian walls. Theatre historians will recall that the “Palazzo” was fashioned from five of the upper facade sections of the Paramaount by my uncle, William Frank McCall, Jr.

theatreorganmana on April 1, 2011 at 10:06 am

“Tales of a Southern Palazzo” is now in print and available at:

Don K.
Don K. on April 2, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Elvis Presley at The Paramount, June 22,23,& 24, 1956:

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Interesting photos and ads from this event. Here’s a quote from the site:

“On June 22nd thru the 24th, 1956, Elvis, Scotty, Bill and DJ appeared at the Paramount for ten performances in three days. A blurb on page 34 in the advertising section of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on the 22nd advertised Elvis' arrival in Atlanta and announced the shows at the Paramount. It also said, "Appearing with him will be a variety show consisting of 16 vocalists, instrumentalists and comedians.”

A review of Friday’s performances appearing on page 6 on the 23rd read, “Elvis Presley rolled into Atlanta Friday, rocked through three performances at the Paramount Theater and had one of his $15 white jersey shirts ripped off by enthusiastic female fans. The rock ‘n’ roll artist received a welcome which he described as "great” upon his arrival in Atlanta from his home town of Memphis. He performed before capacity crowds at all three shows Friday. A majority of the spectators were teen-age girls.“1

“Presley moaned through seven of the most popular rock ‘n’ roll tunes, including "Heartbreak Hotel” and “Blue Suede Shoes,” at each of the Friday shows. He was dressed in a green jacket, black trousers, white jersey shirt, black tie and black and white shoes.“1

“Two guitarists and a drummer accompanied him. Presley wore a guitar around his neck throughout the performance but did not play it. He was preceded by a variety show which included the Jordanaires, a singing group which has made a number of records with him, a comedy routine and other vocalists."1

“Ten policemen were on duty at the performance, but other than the shirt-ripping episode and squeals from the elated female audience, nothing unusual happened. Presley, who always wanted to be a "truck driver,” has been in show business for one and a half years. He has a 1A draft classification and thinks he will probably be drafted in about six months.“1

“Presley is scheduled to do four shows Saturday, three Sunday, and then leave Atlanta for Savannah and another personal appearance."1

If anyone on this site actually attended any of these shows, I wish they’d share their memories with us!

Jester on August 28, 2011 at 2:25 pm

For Don K. I attended the Elvis concert at the Paramount. I was in the 10th grade at Murphy High School. Two older girls (sisters) lived next door to my family in East Lake. They invited me to go. I had never heard of Elvis Presley. We sat on about the second row of the balcony, in the center. I was astonished, and befuddled, by all the screaming by every girl in the house. I just couldn’t figure it out, and I could hardly hear. I certainly didn’t think it was merited. The warm-up act was Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters, including June Carter (later June Carter Cash), with Mother Maybelle playing her autoharp in its ‘held-high" position.And of course, they played Wildflower Flower. And, indeed, the Jordonaires (a gospel group, actually) were his back-up group. The photo on this cite reminded me that in those days, ushers always escorted patrons to empty seats with a flashlight, and if you were a party of two and there were single seats on a row, the usher would make people bunch up so thee would be two side-by-side seats for a couple.

Don K.
Don K. on September 3, 2011 at 11:57 am

Thank you, Jester, for sharing those great memories!At that time, I was just about to enter the 3rd Grade at East Lake Elementary. Later, I went on to attend Murphy High School for two years, before transferring to another school. So, I knew East Lake and Kirkwood very well. The Paramount and the Fox were my favorite Atlanta theaters. Yes, I remember the Paramount ushers with their flashlights! If memory serves, their jackets were a wine color, like the ushers at the Fox!

Plong300 on September 11, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Hi Don, My mom attended the concert. After she passed away, I found the ticket stub, paper handout with the songs and order printed on them. I also found a scarf that I once remember her telling me she caught when he threw it to the crowd. Do you happen to remember him throwing a scarf into the crowd?

Thank you so much

Don K.
Don K. on September 25, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Hi, Patti – Since I was just a bit too young to have seen Elvis at the Paramount, I can’t honestly say if he threw a scarf into the crowd at any of the shows in that engagement. In later years, I believe that became a routine part of his shows. Those shows at the Paramount & the Fox in Atlanta must have been enormous fun in those days. Elvis was still fresh and in the process of making his mark. My dad told me about seeing Frank Sinatra at the New York Paramount Theater back in the 1940’s. The bobbie soxers screamed very loud, but there was no doubt that “Frankie” could sing!



jonihrs on November 12, 2012 at 8:51 am

Concerning William Frank McCall, the talented architect who transformed the upper facade of the Paramount Theatre into a residential jewel and whom I was priviledged to have closely known for several years before his death, along with his other deceased siblings and close friends, all deserve better than they were portrayed in the ridiculous trashy pamphlet, “Tales of a Southern Palazzo”. Note that they were all deceased before this twit had the nerve to butcher their memory. How pathetic!

StanMalone on February 9, 2013 at 7:18 am

Great picture from VJ day 1945. On the far right, Loew’s Grand, next to it is the Paramount / Howard, and up Peachtree on the left is the Roxy marquee. Just below the Roxy sign you can just make out the top of the marquee of the Capitol.

Don K.
Don K. on February 13, 2013 at 11:31 am

Sensational photo! Before my time (I’m a Baby Boomer), but really great! Thanks, Stan!

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