Paramount Theatre

195 Market Street,
Newark, NJ 07102

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DavidZornig on December 23, 2017 at 2:27 pm

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

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…

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

njdrivein on May 9, 2016 at 10:46 am

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

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.

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 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.

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 May 29, 2013 at 4:50 pm

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

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 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.

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. :–)

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:

amg2000 on August 23, 2012 at 7:12 am

Was over in Newark yesterday, grabbed a few shots of the Paramount.


markp on July 11, 2012 at 8:00 am

I was working at the Prudential Center arena for the NBA draft about 2 weeks ago and passed both the Paramount and Adams Theatres in Newark. (Did not have time to get to the Proctors) The Paramount is indeed all boarded up. There is a dollar type of store in what looks to be the lobby of the Adams. If I am in town again (maybe July 20 – 21 for Jennifer Lopez concert) I will try to find out more on both venues.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on July 11, 2012 at 6:44 am

That article is from April 2009 and was previously linked in a comment back around that time. Sobering to note the lack of movement on any redevelopment in the last three years! In fact, I think that even the retailers who had occupied the former lobby space on short term leases are now shuttered. I wonder if the property is still in the hands of the same owner!

njdrivein on July 10, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on September 28, 2011 at 7:15 am

This theater actually opened in 1886 as H.C. Miner’s Newark Theatre, not 1895. For more information check out my blog post After the Final Curtain

Oleksij on May 12, 2011 at 7:40 am

I walked by the Paramount on 5/9/11. It is completely boarded up. Whatever store was there is gone. No notice that any future construction or renovation was planned.

TLSLOEWS on January 23, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Thanks Alex and AlbanyGregg.

gd14lawn on January 23, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Any word on what is happening at this theatre?
Has the new owner done anythning with it?

Oleksij on September 30, 2010 at 11:42 am

Nowadays I work just down the block from the Paramount. It really is horrible to see how awful it, and all of Market Street, looks, especially with the new Prudential Center on the next block.
Back in the mid-1960s, when I was little, I was a big Jerry Lewis fan. As a Paramount star, they were always showing revivals of his films at the Paramount in Newark. I remember making my poor mother (who was NOT a Lewis fan) take me to the Paramount to see “The Errand Boy,” “The Bell Boy” and “Cinderfella.” I only have a vague memory of the interior, just of sitting in the balcony and marveling at the vast, elegant space. It was probably the largest theatre I was ever in (except possibly the Lowe’s in Newark) until finally went to Radio City Music Hall.

LuisV on September 21, 2010 at 7:37 am

Well, it looks like Don Lewis and Ayers have discovered another long lost theater! I searched the database to see if there was another Paramount listed in Newark as a former name and there is not. This theater looks rather substantial. What we don;t know is if it actually showed movies. If this photo is accurately from the early 1900’s it is possible that it was solely a vaudeville house and never actually showed films, but it looks like it was a beautiful theater nonetheless.

bmars on September 20, 2010 at 11:20 am

The 1900s postcard view of the Paramount and the 2009 view are two different Paramount theaters. The 1900s Paramount is located on Broad St right across from city hall the 2009 theater is located on Market St near the Prudential/ Rock arena.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 19, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Thanks gallion.Jerry Lewis writes about his theatre days in “DEAN and ME” he even writes about his failed twin cinemas.