Paramount Theatre

1501 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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Cimarron on March 18, 2014 at 10:49 pm

1920’s Pic of Paramount Theater, Office Building added to Photo Section.

robboehm on January 31, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Among the 16th anniversary presentations was “The Road to Morocco”, November 11, 1942. See photo.

William L. Coale, Ph.D.
William L. Coale, Ph.D. on October 24, 2013 at 12:15 pm

HELP! I have two major areas of interest/inquiry regarding the Paramount.

1) I’ve been commissioned to write the biography of theatre organist George Wright (who played at the P around 1950)…does anybody have stories, memorabilia/pictures concerning George’s time there?

2) A friend has acquired the studio Wurlitzer made famous by Jesse Crawford. We’re restoring it and installing it in a private hall in California. Looking for studio blueprints, pictures, news articles, etc. Any help/suggestions GREATLY appreciated! -Bill

Tinseltoes on September 15, 2013 at 3:00 pm

The introduction’s opening date needs to be corrected. The Paramount Theatre had its formal opening night on November 19th, 1926, and opened to the public on the following morning (November 20th). “God Gave Me Twenty Cents” was the film in both cases.

Tinseltoes on August 16, 2013 at 2:05 pm

On this night in 1934, Cecil B. DeMille’s “Cleopatra,” starring Claudette Colbert, opened its world premiere engagement at the Paramount Theatre. Continuous performances started the next morning. Due to unprecedented public interest in the B&W spectacle, the Paramount suspended its stage show policy to permit more screenings. But the Paramount’s resident orchestra was increased to symphonic size to perform an overture to every screening, with Fabian Koussevitzky and Edward Paul alternating as conductors.

Tinseltoes on June 5, 2013 at 11:44 am

Seventy years ago today, Frank Sinatra was headlining the Paramount Theatre’s stage show, with support from Gracie Barrie & Her Orchestra and comedian Gene Sheldon. Paramount’s B&W “Five Graves to Cairo” was the screen attraction. Doors opened at 9:30 AM, with the last complete stage and screen show starting at 15 minutes past midnight.

BobFurmanek on April 10, 2013 at 1:13 pm

And glorious 4 channel Warnerphonic sound!

Vito on April 10, 2013 at 10:49 am

With four projectors in the booth no 3-D reel change intermission was necessary at the Paramount

Tinseltoes on April 10, 2013 at 9:35 am

Sixty years ago today, WB’s “House of Wax,” in 3-D Natural Vision, WarnerColor, and with Warner Phonic Sound, opened its world premiere engagement at the Paramount Theatre. Recording sensation Eddie Fisher, who’d once been an intermission singer at the Paramount, returned to top the stage bill, with support from Hugo Winterhalter & His Orchestra, the Beachcombers, and comedian Joey Forman. On that night only, “Wax” stars Vincent Price, Frank Lovejoy, Phyllis Kirk, and Paul Picerni made guest appearances during the stage shows.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 14, 2013 at 7:53 am

Of course the other Paramount is listed – as Sony Columbus Circle –

wally 75
wally 75 on January 14, 2013 at 2:06 am

Yes, I remember it..the walls looked like the inside of a poloroid [spell check if needed] camera..

Lockjawal on January 14, 2013 at 1:37 am

I’m surprised nobody mentioned it or that it is not among the theatre listing, but there was another “Paramount Theatre” operated by Cinema 5 (Rugoff), during the early to late 70’s. This later incarnation was located on the corner of 60th St. & Broadway as part of the plaza of the then Gulf and Western Bldg (now Trump International). It had a unique design. The top area was a glass enclosed circular building containing the box office and theatre marquee. After purchasing your ticket, you took an escalator down to a subterranean level which housed the actual theatre and concession stands. I worked there in 1978 before moving over to The Plaza on 58th. Theatre was closed and disappeared while I was living abroad. Came back to see an empty spot where this theatre once stood. Worked many shows but the two that stand out are “Foul Play,” and “Up In Smoke.” I remember the long lines outside of it when “The Exorcist” was playing.

Tinseltoes on August 30, 2012 at 10:15 am

Here’s a rare view of the Paramount Pictures Preview Theatre, which was on the ninth floor of the Paramount Building. All new Paramount films were screened there for home office executives, and the publicity department also used it for press showings. When Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” had its first executive screening there, everyone attending first had to sign a pledge to not reveal the surprise ending. That included elderly Adolph Zukor, who was observed sleeping through most of the film: Boxoffice

Tinseltoes on August 4, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Seventy years ago tonight, Irving Berlin’s “Holiday Inn,” the B&W musical with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire which introduced “White Christmas,” had its world premiere at the Paramount Theatre as a benefit for the Naval Relief Society. A special stage show for that night only was emceed by Irving Berlin himself, with performances by Alice Faye, Connee Boswell, Carol Bruce, Betty Hutton, Jan Peerce, Ann Miller, Zero Mostel, and the orchestras (or bands) of Xavier Cugat, Benny Goodman, Phil Harris, and Phil Spitalny. Regular performances of “Holiday Inn” started the next day, with stage show topped by Skinnay Ennis & Band and the Ink Spots.

BobbyS on August 2, 2012 at 1:10 am

A nice view of the Paramount’s flashing marquee in color in the movie “Stage Struck”. 1958 directed by Sidney Lumet starring Susan Strasberg. Just screened at Portage Theater in Chicago.

Tinseltoes on July 15, 2012 at 3:58 pm

“Automatic vending” pictured in the Paramount’s grand lobby in 1959:boxoffice

wally 75
wally 75 on July 14, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Soupy Sales was last to do rock show there..

rivoli157 on July 14, 2012 at 7:28 pm

May 1965, the premiere of the first HARLOW starring Carol Lynley. This was the quickly filmed B&W Electronovision bio rushed into theatres to beat the Joseph E. Levine/Paramount HARLOW. Sharing the bill with the film was a Rock and Roll stage show hosted by, I believe, Clay Cole.

Tinseltoes on July 9, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Featured in this two-page trade ad for a WB biopic. The Paramount’s managing director, Bob Shapiro, can be seen at far right on the second page, wearing a dark double-breasted overcoat: boxoffice

Tinseltoes on July 8, 2012 at 4:31 pm

New Raytone Pantex screen installed in 1952: boxoffice

Tinseltoes on July 2, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Here’s an April 1949 trade ad showing the Paramount’s new marquee: boxofficemagazine

Tinseltoes on July 1, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Here’s the article connected to the cover photo: boxofficemagazine

Tinseltoes on July 1, 2012 at 4:24 pm

The Paramount’s historic large screen TV presentation on April 14th, 1948 quickly made the front cover of this trade journal:boxofficemagazine

Tinseltoes on June 28, 2012 at 5:00 pm

For twenty consecutive weeks in 1944, the Paramount Theatre played only two movies (both supported by stage shows):boxofficemagazine

wally 75
wally 75 on May 5, 2012 at 12:17 am

Thanks Brad…