5405 Hohman Avenue,
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The Paramount Theatre opened around 1930, just a couple blocks up Hohman Avenue from the grandiose Parthenon Theatre, and could seat almost 2000.
Though not as ornate as the Parthenon or the State, the Paramount was nonetheless just as popular, and featured not just motion pictures but live stage shows, as late as the mid-50s.
The Paramount 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’s stage, among them, Minnie Pearl, Pat Boone, and the Benny Goodman Band.
After falling into disrepair, the Paramount was shuttered in 1981, and has since been razed, recently replaced by Hammond’s brand-new Federal Courthouse Building.
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