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, with movies on the opening program:– Wallace Reid in “Always Audacious” and Harold Lloyd in “Number Please”. On the stage was a Grand Opera Presentation: a scene from Act III from “Faust”. It was equipped with an organ (make not specified). In 1925 it was equipped with a 3 manual Wurlitzer organ. 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. The Wurlitzer organ was removed in the 1950’s. The Paramount Theatre was demolished in 1960. In May 2019 a new home was found for the Wurlitzer organ in the Oriental Theatre, Milwaukee.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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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!

StanMalone on February 12, 2016 at 7:50 am

Here is another picture from the great Atlanta Time Machine website. The Howard Theater is on the right and across the street and almost out of sight to the north is the marquee of the Capitol Theater.

This picture has been linked to before on this page but the link no longer works.

Don K.
Don K. on February 12, 2016 at 10:27 am

GREAT PHOTO, Stan! Thanks for sharing it! My dad remembered this era. He saw a lot of movies at both the Howard & the Capitol! There aren’t many people alive today who can remember the Atlanta of the 1920’s!

StanMalone on February 12, 2016 at 11:32 am

My parents, who are long gone now, grew up in Atlanta in the 20’s. There was a sidewalk photographer who set up between the Grand and Paramount and would take candid shots of people as they walked by hoping to sell them the next day. I have pictures of both my mother and father, who did not know each other at the time, walking up the sidewalk with the Grand marquee in the background.

Don K.
Don K. on February 19, 2016 at 1:08 pm

Perfectly wonderful! Thanks for sharing! I have a number of happy memories associated with attending the Paramount in the 1950’s! Going to the movies was special in that era. Something about the experience was lost with the decline & fall of the great movie palaces. Going to a multiplex simply does not compare!

StanMalone on September 21, 2016 at 11:08 am

This is in response to the comment made by ljt on December 16, 2010. You mentioned the Howard playing a move named “An Atlanta Romance.” I have a friend who is very interested in those articles that you mentioned and any other information that you might have on the movie. Hopefully you have the auto notification for comments turned on and will get this. If so please respond and I will supply contact information.

DavidZornig on March 15, 2018 at 5:43 pm

1957 photo added via Shorpy website below. Image can be enlarged there.

theatreorganman1 on November 20, 2019 at 5:46 am

Look for my new book to be published by before Christmas: “The Paramount, The Palazzo, and The Passion.” After collecting materials for over 60 years on the theatre and the residence for Robert Wright fashioned from the Paramount’s facade (adapted by my uncle William F. McCall, Jr. FAIA), I have finally put all of this history together in one volume. Many new photographs—never before published—along with new findings should make it a worthwhile read. Also, before Christmas, look for the release of the companion “Twice Told Tales of a Southern Palazzo,” which focuses on the human side of The Palazzo in Moultrie, GA inspired by the Paramount’s limestone facade. This book is an expanded version of the earlier title with several new chapters and additional photographs.

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