Paramount Theater

195 Market Street,
Newark, NJ 07102

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markp
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
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
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
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.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on January 21, 2013 at 9:05 am

In September, 1924, Adams' Newark Theatre started a new deal with Pantages Vaudeville to supply its stage presentations. Although Pantages Vaudeville had been well-known in the western US and Canada for nearly 25 years, this was reportedly its eastern debut. To signify the deal, a Pantages vertical sign was installed above the Newark’s marquee. Please see the Photos Section for more about this.

markp
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
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. :–)

hdtv267
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?

djflem
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: http://www.nj.com/business/index.ssf/2012/12/newark_oks_early_plan_to_revit.html#incart_river_default

amg2000
amg2000 on August 23, 2012 at 7:12 am

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

http://www.flickr.com/photos/aonghais/7844531580/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/aonghais/7844532228/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/aonghais/7844532774/

Cheers!

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 14, 2012 at 6:25 am

This 1915 trade article describes an earlier Paramount Theatre in Newark on Broad Street, but gives no specific building number. Does anyone know what became of it? archive

markp
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
njdrivein on July 10, 2012 at 1:40 pm

http://www.nj.com/news/mustsee/index.ssf/2009/04/paramount_theater_owner_looks.html

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
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
TLSLOEWS on January 23, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Thanks Alex and AlbanyGregg.

gd14lawn
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
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
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
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.

DonLewis
DonLewis on September 5, 2010 at 8:41 pm

From the early 1900s a postcard view of the Paramount Theater in Newark.

russellgallion
russellgallion on June 13, 2010 at 1:30 pm

From 1948 to 1952 there were four first run movie theaters in downtown Newark.
They were Loews State, Paramount, Branford, and Proctors. The Adams was not in
their league during this time. I was head usher at Loews State in 49&50 and later
asst mgr there. I read somewhere about “Ben Hur” shown at the Adams in the late
fifties. Not likely as this was MGM and Loews was still open then.
Also, the local wisdom them was that Jerry Lewis had worked at the Paramount in
the early forties as an usher. About 10 years ago Jerry mentioned, during a TV interview, that
he worked at Loews State around 1941, and was fired for trying to unionize his
fellow ushers. I am hazy on the Adams, but believe it became a burlesque house
in the late forties. There was also a burlesque on Washington called the Empire, and
perhaps I am confusing these two. Loews State on Broad st was to my mind the most
beautiful of these old movie palaces. by gallion 6/13/10

mark edmunds
mark edmunds on May 5, 2010 at 8:25 am

Sounds like it could be the Adams Theatre on Branford Place?