Paramount Theatre

727 Church Street,
Nashville, TN 37203

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Paramount Theatre

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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.

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.

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DavePrice
DavePrice on April 25, 2011 at 1:44 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 1:48 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 1:58 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 2:05 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?

jacobailey
jacobailey on June 17, 2012 at 1:24 pm

the Paramount was managed by the Sudekum brothers and on june 5 1915 an Nashville ad ran about the silent era movie “Sam Davis- A Hero of the Sixties.Realtive of mine Joshua Brown was in the movie which is about the heroic civil war life of Sam Davis who was hung by federal forces for not giving up intelligence sources.on 5-30-1915 another article ran about this movie in the Nashville paper and dedicted cast members Lucile Wilson Sudekum, Hap Sudekum, russell A Rose and Joshua Brown. looking for more images from this heroic production as it was made at Travellers Rest and fair grounds. Talley Bailey

jacobailey
jacobailey on June 17, 2012 at 1:25 pm

i posted wrong theatre as it was the Parthenon Theatre that had Sam Davis movie.

DavePrice
DavePrice on June 17, 2012 at 1:50 pm

The Parthenon does not have a page here. It was at 411 Church St and only lasted about a year from mid-1915 to mid-1916.

Harry Sudekum died young in 1930. His widow Lucille did not die until 1954 but is buried or entombed with him in the old Mausoleum at Spring Hill. Harry managed the Princess in its early days.

Clarence"Hap" Sudekum was the youngest of the Sudekum brothers and managed the Roxy all through the 1940s.

mpotts
mpotts on December 16, 2012 at 9:52 am

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 5:26 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!

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