323 W. Sixth Street,
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Opened as Grauman’s Metropolitan in January 1923, the Paramount was the largest movie theater in Los Angeles for many years. Not only did it have one of the largest balconies ever built, its projector had the longest projection throw in the city.
When it was acquired by the Publix theater chain in 1929, the theater was renamed the Paramount. And to help distinguish it from other Paramount theaters in LA, the theater was also known as the Paramount Downtown.
In 1963, the Paramount was torn down to make way for a parking lot. In the early 1980’s, a bank was built on this same lot.
Today, if one stands in front of the Arcade theater and look southwest towards the corner of Broadway and 6th Street, near the second or third building from the corner, you will see a faded sign for the old Paramount, the only trace of the theater still visible.
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