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

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njdrivein
njdrivein on May 9, 2016 at 10:46 am

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2016/05/one_mans_fight_to_save_the_paramount_di_ionno.html#incart_river_index

I doubt the theater will be saved, but it’s nice to see someone cares.

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on March 24, 2017 at 7:52 am

The Paramount is one of the 24 theaters in my new book, “After the Final Curtain: The Fall of the American Movie Theater,” which is available on Amazon or your local bookstore

Greenpoint
Greenpoint on June 26, 2017 at 8:42 pm

I was just in Newark today for a job interview and while I was taking a selfie of myself in front of the marquee…I was berated by local denizens “is that your welcome sign?”. I am educated and have no idea what they were saying…but it is such a shame that this place is not open. I have a certain cinephilic thirst for movie palaces…I have been told that it is tragically in horrible shape internally :( Apparently, they haven’t had anything inside for 30 years or better…

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on December 23, 2017 at 2:27 pm

This article covers the Paramount and all the other vacant Newark theatres.

http://www.messynessychic.com/2017/12/19/in-neward-nj-the-number-of-abandoned-theatres-lying-around-is-kind-of-a-problem/

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on March 28, 2018 at 5:03 pm

Mixed-use project in the planning stages, that would preserve the facade with a new building behind it.

https://jerseydigs-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/jerseydigs.com/redevelopment-plan-moving-forward-paramount-theater-newark/amp/

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on March 28, 2018 at 5:41 pm

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
DavidZornig on March 28, 2018 at 6:59 pm

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

markp
markp on October 5, 2018 at 11:06 am

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
HowardBHaas on October 5, 2018 at 5:24 pm

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

markp
markp on October 5, 2018 at 6:16 pm

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

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