Paradiso Theatre

584 South Mendenhall,
Memphis, TN 38117

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The Paradiso Theatre is the first of Malco’s contemporary Memphis cinemas to have an ornate building. It is the premier first-run cinema in the area with large screen auditoriums and many special event showings such as live performances of the Metropolitan Opera during the season. All of Malco’s cinemas have converted to digital projection.

The Paradiso’s huge lobby is beautifully decorated and patrons are surrounded with coming attraction displays both standing and on screen. The concession serves from a large menu. It has 14 screens and is situated in a busy commercial area bordered by Poplar Avenue and Mendenhall.

The center fountain, skylight and surrounding balconies give the impression of a Spanish courtyard, once again remembering the grand foyers of past years. The cinema contains an arcade, coffee bar, party room and a second concession for the auditoriums far from the lobby. It is the primary 3-D cinema in the area.

Special Features (from the Malco website): • Xtra Wide 50 Foot Tall Screen
• 60,000 Watts of Digital Stereo THX Surround Sound • 105 Speakers- Front, Rear, Sides, and even the Ceiling • OPEN CAPTIONING • – 2 Concession Stands • – Wall-to-Wall Curved Screens • – Expanded Concession Menu • – Birthday Party Room • – Arcade • – Large Format Film Presentation • – Coffee Bar • – Internet Cafe Photos courtesy of Malco Theatres, Inc., used with permission.

Contributed by Vincent Astor

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 26, 2013 at 3:34 pm

An article in the December 9, 2001, issue of Memphis Business Journal said that demolition would begin the next week to remove a building on the site of the proposed Malco multiplex cinema at Poplar Avenue and Mendenhall Road. The 14-screen house was tentatively to be called either the Rialto or the Paradiso.

The project was designed by the Memphis architectural firm Atkins Buchner Price Architects. Principal architect on the project, Robert S. Price, had previously been design and production manager at Mark E. Watson & Associates, the firm which had designed Malco’s Majestic Cinema and Wolfchase Cinema, both opened in 1997.

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