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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Thanks Brad…

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on May 4, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Click here for an exterior view of the Paramount Theatre in 1929.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 20, 2012 at 10:51 am

Here is a link to the New York Times review of Strategic Air Command. And here is an excerpt from that review, reporting on both the film and surrounding hoopla. Sounds like it was a helluva night:

“NEVER, in many years of looking at Air Force and aviation films, have we seen the familiar wide blue yonder so wide or so magnificently displayed as it is in the Vista-Vision process used to project "Strategic Air Command.”

“This latest Paramount service picture, which received a full-dress première under the sponsorship of the Air Force Association last night at the Paramount Theatre, is far and away the most elaborate and impressive pictoral show of the beauty and organized power of the United States air arm that has yet been put upon the screen.

“But, certainly, an equal measure of credit for the pictorial impressiveness of this show must go to the Vista-Vision process, which is here being revealed for the second time. The first use of Vista-Vision was in "White Christmas,” several months ago, but that use was technically less finished and on a subject of less scope than is shown here.

“Now the full advantage of the Vista Vision wide film in giving size, depth and clarity, as well as fidelity of color, to big and detailed outdoor scenes is richly and dramatically apparent. The great panoramic shots of air fields, crowded with colorful equipment, betoken the precision and clear focus of the large Vista Vision lens. And the scenes in the air of cloud formations, of planes venting feathery vapor trails and of in-air refueling operations, all graphically shown, attest to the new dramatic potential of the sharp and well-proportioned image on a large scale.

“Vista Vision, in this particular showing, appears as grand as Cinerama, more felicitous and free than CinemaScope.

“But, above all, there are those airplanes, the roaring engines, the cluttered cockpits, the clouds and sky. These are the things that make your eyes bug and your heart leap with wonder and pride.

“The invitational world première of "Strategic Air Command” was held under the auspices of the Air Force Association.

“A large crowd thronged the Times Square area before the theatre, where searchlights heralded the occasion. The spectators watched the arrival of 3,500 guests, who included personalities in the armed services, politics, entertainment and business.

“Interviews with James Stewart, co-star of the picture, and other attending celebrities were telecast from the theatre lobby to a national audience on the Arthur Godfrey program. Mr. Godfrey served as moderator.

“In a stage ceremony prior to the screening, Mr. Stewart accepted a citation of honor from Maj. Gen. C. R. Smith, representing the A. F. A., for "distinguished public service and outstanding artistic achievement” in connection with the film."

Vito on April 14, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Tinseltoes that House Of Wax 3-D showing was one the few that were done without intermision. The Paramounts four projector booth made that possible.

jrobin on December 15, 2011 at 9:24 am

bobmarshall-we are looking for information on Arthur Brounet a decorator for the Hanover Theater.

bobmarshall on November 22, 2011 at 4:40 pm

As Chevalier sang in “Gigi,” I remember it well. I sat in the first row for three showings of “Sincerely Yours,” and Liberace played my request each time!

AGRoura on September 29, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Tinseltoes, totally agree with you. I have written comments in the Times and Post. Emperor Bloomberg and his lunatic transportation commissioner should be committed to a hospital for the insane.

Vito on September 29, 2011 at 1:02 pm

I belive this was the engagement that was so sucessful an additional stage show was added to the day. In order to accomplish this Lewis personally cut “Irma” on a moviola in the booth by about 10 minutes in order to make up time to squeese in a another stage show each day. I am doing this from memory so if anyone recalls more or can correct me kindly do so.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 12, 2011 at 7:55 pm

It closed In August 1964 with “The Carpetbaggers”. It then re-opened for three weeks in May 1965 when it showed the Electrovision “Harlow”, “operation Snafu” and “Black Spurs” each for one week, then closed again. It opened “Thunderball” in December of 1965 and closed for good in February 1966.

William on September 12, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Somewhere in past comments someone said “Thunderball” was a four-wall deal on the house.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 30, 2011 at 11:14 am

In the 1973 movie “Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams”, the Joanne Woodward character comments that when her mother and her walked by the Paramount on 43rd street and the doors were opened to let the patrons out, the whole street would smell like ice cream.

wally 75
wally 75 on July 26, 2011 at 1:20 am

My mother saw Sinatra there……anyone who was there are in the late 80’s or 90’s now..

davjdo on July 25, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Error:should be “bobby sox” concerts.


davjdo on July 25, 2011 at 10:26 pm

is there anyone who was at one of the Sinatra “booby sox"riot concerts at the Paramount?