Paramount Theater

195 Market Street,
Newark, NJ 07102

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Paramount Theater

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Opened on October 11, 1886 as H.C. Miner’s Newark Theater. It was originally a vaudeville house managed by Hyde & Behman Amusement Co., a Brooklyn based theater management company. After H.C. Miner’s death in 1900, his surviving relatives retained ownership of the theater for several years until its sale in 1916 to Edward Speigel, the owner of the nearby Strand Theater. Speigel also purchased the building next to the theater with intent to use the space to expand the theater. To accomplish this he hired famed theater architect Thomas W. Lamb to do the alterations. In 1917, Thomas Lamb remodeled the theatre in an Adam style.

The former Paramount Theater still boasts the vertical ‘Paramount’ sign, as well as the ‘Newark’ marquee. The Paramount Theater was closed on April 1, 1986.

Although a retail store operated out of the former lobby until around April 2011, a store employee confirmed that behind the drop ceilings and walls remains much of the old theater, complete with stage area and balcony seating intact.

Contributed by Marty Nartinez

Recent comments (view all 65 comments)

djflem on December 20, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Tom De Poto writes in the The Star-Ledger “Newark OKs early plan to revitalize the Four Corners downtown district” on December 19, 2012 that a rehab plan is in the early stages of development as part of the Four Corners Millennium Plan in which the Paramount is “slated to have 2 floors of retail and the the remaining floors will house 220 housing units”, contingent on landmark preservation approvals and receipt of New Jersey Urban Transit Hub tax credit; funding may come in part from Goldman Sachs. See mention:

hdtv267 on December 21, 2012 at 4:27 am

Why does it amaze you or anyone?

To the developers and those whom own the buildings it’s just a piece of real estate.

and c'mon it’s downtown Newark NJ. People need police escorts to get from the train and or parking lots to the Prudential Center.

Do you really think that a single screen theatre in Newark NJ would be a profitable venue?

LuisV on December 21, 2012 at 7:23 am

It’s utter nonsense that you need a “police escort” to get from the train station to Prudential Center. That said, HDTV267 is right about most old theaters just being a piece of real estate to their owners. That’s a fact. He is also correct that the Paramount is in a terrible location and very far gone. I certainly wouldn’t invest money in this location when there are many other theaters in much better locations that would have a better shot a sustaining themselves after restoration. Mind you, I don’t have the money to restore any theater, but if I did, it wouldn’t be for this one. :–)

markp on December 21, 2012 at 12:52 pm

I would just like to add to what LuisV said. I work as a stagehand at the prudential center. Most times I get parking in the deck next door. But there are times, as was the case a week ago after the Stones concert, that I had to park blocks away on the street. The first time a year or so ago I was nervous about doing this, but now, even at 4 am I felt safe and ok. As far as the Paramount, as well as the Adams and the Proctors, it is truely a shame they are just rotting away. Its too bad years ago when they were building the NJPac that someone didnt just think about saving these structures, which still have more beauty than anything new built today.

Willburg145 on May 28, 2013 at 10:03 pm

I was in the area today and took some photos of the Paramount and one of the Adams'….I doubt these movie palaces will be resurrected. But I hope I’m wrong.

markp on May 29, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Willburg145, you know that the Proctors also stands in Newark, not far from the Adams.

Willburg145 on October 18, 2013 at 11:38 pm

markp yes I remember seeing the name Proctor on a wall when I went to see the Adams.

markp on October 19, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Was just in Newark working at the arena 2 weeks ago. Walked by all 3 of these theatres. Such a shame how they just sit there and rot away.

Patsy on January 13, 2015 at 7:55 am

Can’t believe this nor how the Adams looks! Is anything being done to restore these historical sites?

markp on January 13, 2015 at 8:27 pm

Patsy, you think these two are bad, you should see the pictures of the Proctors Theatre in Newark.

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