Paramount Theatre

323 W. Sixth Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90014

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Gooper
Gooper on April 24, 2014 at 7:24 pm

If I had even a little bit of Warren Buffet-style money, after I’d tended to some charities, I’d locate the blueprints of Grauman’s Metropolitan (they must exist somewhere!) and have it rebuilt in its original form. And most importantly, in a location where it would never be wrecked by alteration or demolition. This house is one of the most unique in the world, right up there with Radio City, the NY Roxy, the UA in LA, and the Shrine Auditorium. Maybe I’ll give Mr. Buffet a call…

nonsportsnut
nonsportsnut on March 14, 2014 at 2:39 pm

I originally posted:nonsportsnut on June 7, 2009 at 6:03 pm The Three Stooges Fan Club is trying to document a 1957 personal appearance of Joe Besser, Moe Howard and Larry Fine as The Three Stooges at the Paramount. This would be the only personal appearance by Besser with the Three Stooges. Any documentation, such as a newspaper ad or review would be greatly appreciated. My email address is: Thanks, Frank Reighter

In the Spring 2014 Three Stooges Fan Club Journal, the true story of this is written. The ad never was for a Joe Besser appearance, but was erroneously used for several appearances for the Three Stooges Moe Howard, Larry Fine and (Later to be known as Curly Joe) Joe DeRita in Portland, Oregon, Tacoma and Seattle Washington in December 1959. As far as is known, Joe Besser NEVER made any personal appearances as a member of the Three Stooges.

Frank Reighter

Gooper
Gooper on March 14, 2014 at 1:19 pm

This house, in its original Grauman condition, is so powerful, it’s spooky.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 7, 2010 at 5:46 am

I have now come across multiple references to George Edwin Bergstrom having been one of the architects of Grauman’s Metropolitan Theatre. Both Soutnwest Builder & Contractor and the national trade publication Engineering and Contracting mention his involvement in the project. The latter publication’s issue of April 27, 1921, carries this item, which mentions Bergstrom supervising construction on the project in conjunction with engineer R.C. Mitchell.

Various items in Southwest Builder & Contractor indicate that William Lee Woollett designed the interiors of the Metropolitan Theatre, but that the lead architect on the project was Bergstrom. Woollett probably designed the details on the facade of the building as well, but I haven’t found any specific sources saying he did. Woollett was apparently the sole architect on the later project creating a Broadway entrance for the theater.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 1, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Very Very nice too bad its gone now.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 30, 2010 at 5:47 pm

An ad campaign concerning the new, modernized Paramount was in Boxoffice in June 1952.
http://tinyurl.com/yeamgpp

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 10, 2009 at 9:51 am

I think the necktie photo mentioned on 8/17 is on the Clune’s Auditorium page.

rickmechtly
rickmechtly on August 17, 2009 at 8:20 pm

When the theater went to screening B films in the late 50s a basement bar called the Metro that was a gay scene opened just east of the box office on 6th next to the alley. Also a post razing Wm.Reagh photo of the necktie stand @ the corner of Hill and 6th- it’s in the picture catalog of California State Library – search terms: Reagh and Hill ( he didn’t i.d. the site )

bruceanthony
bruceanthony on August 5, 2009 at 10:23 pm

The Metropolitan/Paramount was the second largest movie palace ever built on the West Coast the largest was the Fox in San Francisco. My friend Dick who worked for Disney and United Artists said this was the most impressive Movie Palace in LA. brucec

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 14, 2009 at 10:20 pm

Here is a January 1949 ad from the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/ngfejz

nonsportsnut
nonsportsnut on June 7, 2009 at 6:03 pm

The Three Stooges Fan Club is trying to document a 1957 personal appearance of Joe Besser, Moe Howard and Larry Fine as The Three Stooges at the Paramount. This would be the only personal appearance by Besser with the Three Stooges. Any documentation, such as a newspaper ad or review would be greatly appreciated. My email address is: Thanks, Frank Reighter

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 29, 2009 at 7:42 pm

In December 1938 they were staging basketball games on the theater stage, according to this LA Times ad:
http://tinyurl.com/dzjzv4

jflundy
jflundy on April 29, 2009 at 7:23 am

Here is a photo from May 1946, may have been previously posted from another venue, here it is:
View link

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 8, 2009 at 10:04 am

This is a 1923 ad from the LA Times. I thought it was interesting as it shows Sid Grauman’s influence at that time, as he owned the Metropolitan, the Egyptian, the Million Dollar and the Rialto. The Chinese was not yet built.
http://tinyurl.com/dg3wre

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 7, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Here is a 1941 ad from the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/cgednr

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 22, 2008 at 7:51 pm

Here is part of an LA Times article dated 5/28/52:

Hostesses in evening dress will greet numerous actors, Mayor Bowron and throngs of theatergoers at the Paramount Theater’s reopening at 8 p.m. tomorrow.

Improvements totalling $250,000 at the theater include a new marquee, lobby, foyer, new seats and rocking-chair loges. There will be new lounge rooms and a large television screen. Top motion pictures will be shown as well as stage shows when they become available, said Jerry Zigmond, United Paramount western division manager.

Two employees have been with the theater since it opened 29 years ago as Grauman’s Metropolitan. They are Earl C. Hamilton, 61, chief projectionist, and Vic Hayes, 60, doorman. The two remember the theater’s initial opening when “My American Wife"m starring Gloria Swanson and Antonio Moreno, was presented.

William
William on December 4, 2008 at 1:01 pm

Yes, that shot is from the Paramount Theatre in Hollywood.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 4, 2008 at 12:54 pm

If it was in Hollywood, it was probably at the Paramount/El Capitan on Hollywood Boulevard.

misterboo
misterboo on December 4, 2008 at 12:48 pm

Google Images has some interior photos of the Paramount in 1952, when they were having 3D screenings of “Bwana Devil”. Interesting shot of the formally attired peeps in the balcony:

http://tinyurl.com/5hqpdy

Bway
Bway on October 16, 2008 at 12:40 pm

Ooops, I just noticed Ken just linked to the same photo…

Bway
Bway on October 16, 2008 at 12:39 pm

Here’s a photo of the interior of the Metropolitan:

Click here for photo

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 16, 2008 at 1:04 pm

Sorry, that was the New York public library. Force of habit.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 16, 2008 at 1:03 pm

Here is an undated interior photo from the LAPL:
http://tinyurl.com/68jkhg

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 13, 2008 at 10:50 pm

Here is a photo from the LAPL, circa 1922. The man in the suit is the architect, William Woollett:
http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics42/00040808.jpg

These are some usherettes:
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics18/00028694.jpg