Paramount Theatre

727 Church Street,
Nashville, TN 37203

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Paramount Theatre, ca. 1968

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This was a “hardtop” theatre designed by famed theatre architect John Eberson in an Art Deco style. It is mentioned in passing in Ben Hall’s book “The Best Remaining Seats”. The Paramount Theatre opened on November 14, 1930. My mother remembers the organ was still in use during World War II when she was going to the movies. By 1950 the Paramount Theatre was operated by Crescent Amusement Co. It was still open in 1957.

Nashville had several big movie palaces downtown, three on Church Street. All have been razed. A parking lot is now on the site of the Paramount Theatre.

Contributed by Will Dunklin

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 25, 2011 at 7:32 pm

When those carbon arcs were pulled out of Theatres across the country that is when the theatre Business ended as most of old theatre dawgs know, It wasn’t long before the platters showed up,Owner quickly realized a 17 year old could be trained to thread a film.No cue marks.No Carbons to adjust,so Who needed a union man in the booth. I saw it happen and I wanted NO part of it.Kids ran the booth and I bet in 90 per cent of the booths today are that way,but what the heck,Films are like Dvd’s now.Film is a thing of the past. Thanks Nick and Tis for caring.

DavePrice
DavePrice on April 25, 2011 at 7:44 pm

I’m sure you’re right, Mike. Everywhere you look there’s some cheaper way to run things. And of course there are experienced people sitting at home unable to find work.

I’m glad I’m an old man and have had my day- sure wouldn’t want to start over in today’s world.

I’ll just sign as “The Old Grouch”

(I’d rather be a has-been than a never-was)

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 25, 2011 at 7:48 pm

RIGHT ON,Dave,If you were an operator,thanks for the years you gave us in the booth.I got out right when all that was about to change,I wanted to manage and promote films,the Booth was your guys world.

DavePrice
DavePrice on April 25, 2011 at 7:58 pm

No I didn’t work in the booth but I was a good union billposter in my young days. I bet you remember old Mac who managed the Capitol and then the Bordeaux- I posted a lot of paper with him. That was in the winter, in the summer I was off with the circus. Oops- I’m going to air all my old linen here if I don’t watch it.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 26, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Tis,Nick wrote somewhere he wants more PICTURES.You send them down and I will see that he gets them or by-pass Me and Mail them to Nick,any personal pics from your days?

mpotts
mpotts on December 16, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Frank Bobo, who played the “Mighty Wurlitzer” at the Paramount, was also a staff musician at WSIX Radio where my mother worked. He played for my parents' wedding in 1947. I remember seeing the Paramount console, but never heard the organ. This would’ve been sometime in the 50s; console was still in the orchestra pit. Unfortunately the organ was removed by a person who scattered it abroad instead of saving it or selling it to someone who would preserve it.

TheatreOrgan
TheatreOrgan on December 20, 2012 at 10:26 pm

On the contrary, MPotts, if you’ll check the book “The Wurlitzer Pipe Organ” – An Illustrated History, by David Junchen, published in 2005, you’ll see a picture of the restored 1930 Nashville Paramount Wurlitzer, Opus 2132, 3 manual/15 rank, Balaban 3 style, on page ix in the Preface section of the book. Jeff Weiler, present day theatre organist, is posing in front of the console. The organ is very much alive and playable!

rivest266
rivest266 on May 25, 2016 at 4:59 pm

Grand opening ad in photo section.

DavePrice
DavePrice on May 25, 2016 at 5:26 pm

I don’t remember Frank Bobo but I remember Bob Luck or Lux who played it in the late 40s. Delmas Jenkins was at the Paramount opening night and said the organist was named “C. Sharp Minor.” This info may be in an earlier post.

TheatreOrgan
TheatreOrgan on May 25, 2016 at 6:39 pm

Bob Luck, and my organ instructor, Mary Doster, were some of the organists in the latter years before the Wurlitzer was removed.

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