Paramount Theatre

195 Market Street,
Newark, NJ 07102

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Paramount Theater

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

The former Paramount Theatre still boasts the vertical ‘Paramount’ sign, as well as the ‘Newark’ marquee. The Paramount Theatre 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 theatre, complete with stage area and balcony seating intact.

Contributed by Marty Nartinez

Recent comments (view all 79 comments)

HowardBHaas on March 29, 2018 at 1:41 am

though both the Paramount vertical blade sign and the Newark letters on the marquee are iconic of the city of Newark, the renderings show those words replaced by Pharmacy!

DavidZornig on March 29, 2018 at 2:59 am

Ha, I didn’t catch that. Had my contacts in for 10 hours…

markp on October 5, 2018 at 7:06 pm

While working at the arena yesterday, I took a walk by the paramount where they are getting ready for a new Warner Brothers film shoot next week. They took the “K” off of Newark on the marquee. The workers said its because they cant have Newark in the film. They will also be shooting on the road by the Adams theatre.

HowardBHaas on October 6, 2018 at 1:24 am

MarkP, I hope they put the Newark letters back on after the film shoot!

markp on October 6, 2018 at 2:16 am

HowardBHass only the K is off. It now reads NEWAR.

DaveM on October 16, 2019 at 8:26 pm

The Newark Paramount shows up as the “NEWART” in Joker, in the first scene where Arthur is twirling a sign for a going out of business sale at a neighboring store. I assume they digitally added the “T” (after physically removing the “K”.) I too hope the K was put back!

markp on October 16, 2019 at 10:43 pm

DaveM, no they actually welded a T on for the filming, then replaced it. I was working at the arena last year when they were filming.

Greenpoint on January 19, 2020 at 5:49 pm

I loved seeing the Marquis prominently displayed in Joker.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on January 19, 2020 at 6:42 pm

Don’t you mean “marquee?”

DavidZornig on February 2, 2020 at 3:52 am

Article about “Joker” with screen shots of the “Newart”.

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