Paramount Theatre

5405 Hohman Avenue,
Hammond, IN 46320

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Circa 1973 photo courtesy of the Planet Hammond Facebook page.

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The Paramount Theatre opened in the summer of 1930, just a couple blocks up Hohman Avenue from the grandiose Parthenon Theatre, and could seat almost 2,000.

Though not as ornate as the Parthenon Theatre or the State Theatre, the Paramount Theatre was nonetheless just as popular, and featured not just motion pictures but live stage shows, as late as the mid-1950’s.

The Paramount Thetare featured its own house orchestra, as well as an army of ushers and uniformed doormen who greeted patrons like royalty.

Over the years, many celebrities graced the Paramount Theatre’s stage, among them, Minnie Pearl, Pat Boone, and the Benny Goodman Band.

After falling into disrepair, the Paramount Theatre was shuttered in 1981, and has since been razed, recently replaced by Hammond’s brand-new Federal Courthouse Building.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 14 comments)

wa2oosy on February 1, 2006 at 6:23 pm

I was an usher at the Paramount Theatre from November,1978 to March, 1979. I did some exploring myself. Does any one have any photos or home movies of the theatre
when it was up and running? I would love to do a documentary on this great movie palace.

kencmcintyre on November 4, 2006 at 7:58 am

This film was playing at the Paramount on 2/21/43:



Sin Dens Exposed as Under-Age Girls' Menace
Thrill Seeking MEN!

Other theaters advertised in the Hammond Times were the Calumet, Parthenon, Hohman, Orpheum, American, Midway, Ace, Rio, Vic, Forsythe Capitol, Indiana, Voge, Hoosier and Broadway.

EricV on October 8, 2008 at 4:00 pm

Nice story on the last years of the Paramount here:
Click on “May-August 2006 Issue” to open the PDF file and read the article.
The Portillo’s in Skokie IL has a small picture of the Paramount (when it was new) on the wall just to the right of the entrance to the men’s room.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 17, 2011 at 3:59 am

This web page features several photos of the Paramount Theatre in Hammond and, for some reason, one photo of the Oakland, California, Paramount.

A legal case in the late 1980s revealed that the 99-year lease on the land the Paramount Theatre occupied began in 1929, so construction of the theater most likely also began that year.

editpro on July 23, 2014 at 2:25 pm

I lived across the state line in Illinois in the 50s and we would frequently take the bus to Hammond, visit the magic shop, the Army/Navy surplus store, and Woolworth’s, then head for either the Paramount or the Parthenon, the theaters that anchored the north and south ends of town. Great fun. I also remember seeing a double feature at the Paramount, Billy Budd and The Days of Wine and Roses. Not so fun.

DavidZornig on December 21, 2014 at 9:12 pm

Just added a Circa 1973 photo courtesy of the Planet Hammond Facebook page.

EricV on June 18, 2015 at 10:00 am

From Film Daily September 23, 1929 “Publix Starts New Hammond House – Building operations at the new theater to be erected at Homan & Clinton Sts., by Publix, have been stated by Fred Rowley Co., which must complete the structure within eight months.” Paramount-Publix was the name used for the theaters owned by Paramount Pictures.

EricV on June 18, 2015 at 10:13 am

From Variety Wednesday March 26, 1930 “Hammond, Ind. – Publix Great States' first house here, de luxer, will open around June 1. Probably will be named Paramount.”

EricV on June 18, 2015 at 10:37 am

From Variety Wednesday August 20, 1930 – “Hammond, Ind. – Paramount-Publix has opened it’s first theater here, Paramount. Seats 2,000.” Earlier Variety items listed the opening as July 3, then August 2 1930. In the same 8/20 issue it’s mentioned that the Parthenon is being sold to Warner Bros. by William Kleihege. I got all these old news items via

EricV on June 18, 2015 at 5:06 pm

Here’s a clip from late 1962 at the Paramount

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