Paramount Theatre

727 Church Street,
Nashville, TN 37203

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Paramount Theatre, ca. 1968

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. The site of the Paramount Theatre became a parking lot. In 2019 a courthouse was being constructed on the site.

Contributed by Will Dunklin

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DavePrice
DavePrice on July 13, 2019 at 1:58 pm

The way I see that rendering, the new building will not be on the Paramount site but rather across Church from the old Loew’s Vendome, in fact it appears to be on the very spot that a recent squabble arose regarding the city selling off the small park between Sixth Avenue and what I have always called Capitol Boulevard but which is referred to here as “Anne Dallas Dudley Boulevard.” I wonder if this announcement is now outdated by the decision to leave the park alone.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on July 13, 2019 at 2:27 pm

Both the March 2019 Google street view and the rendering in the above link, show the vintage building which is today the Hilton Homewood Suites at Polk Street across Church Street from the Paramount site. Which it is in the 1968 Overview photo as well. It could be confusing as the construction site appears to be a full city block long, from 7th Street to Rosa Parks Blvd. on that side of the street. If you further up Church Street in the Google Street view, it reverts to May 2016 and has the former Ben Franklin Store building still standing. With parking lots to it’s left all the way to 7th Street. The Ben Franklin Store is also pictured in the 1968 Overview photo at the top. It gives a more complete view of Church from 2016 to 2019. Granted the link is from January 2019, but there may be more recent links to be found.

DavePrice
DavePrice on July 13, 2019 at 3:24 pm

We’re looking at different pictures, the view that your link brings up for me shows the tower across Church from the Library and specifically states “between Sixth and Anne Dallas Dudley Boulevard.”

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on July 13, 2019 at 3:56 pm

Ah, I see.
From above it looked like it was across from the Hilton Homewood Suites.
I stand corrected, it is further down the street.
So something else is being built on the former Paramount Theatre site.

DavePrice
DavePrice on July 13, 2019 at 4:02 pm

Back to my wondering about the recent business about whether or not to keep the park where several buildings burned several years ago. This may have been the planned structure that all the fuss was about and if so wasn’t it called off?

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on July 13, 2019 at 4:38 pm

Can’t find anything online more recent than March 2019, when it was still a go.
I am in Chicago.

DavePrice
DavePrice on July 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

Nor could I find anything current but here’s a February story which explains the fuss.

https://www.tennessean.com/story/money/2019/02/11/nashville-church-street-park-downtown-homeless-tony-giarratana/2711899002/

TheatreOrgan
TheatreOrgan on July 13, 2019 at 8:56 pm

The new US Federal Courthouse is being built at 8th and Church St. The Paramount was the second building from the corner (it closed in 1979) and its' building footprint will be included in the Courthouse building.

The park you mentioned is across Church St from the entrance to the demolished Loew’s.Theatre. There was to be a Hotel/Condo combo built there, and it was to be called The Paramount, but those plans are on hold.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on July 14, 2019 at 7:05 am

New page for the Midtown Theatre, which had opened by 1977 in the Singer store space seen left of center in the Overview photo for the Paramount at the top.

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/60199

TheatreOrgan
TheatreOrgan on July 14, 2019 at 11:41 am

The new courthouse on Church Street between seventh and eighth Avenue will take up the entire city block due to a requirement since Oklahoma City bombing of that courthouse, The former Paramount theatre is within this block which means the courthouse will be on top of where the Paramount theater was located. The two older buildings still on the lot on eighth Avenue, where the former Hammond organ dealer was, will be staying.

Church Street Park, between Capitol Boulevard and 6th Ave. North, which is across from the public library, is where the Paramount tower was planned. To learn more about what’s happening in downtown Nashville go to the UrbanPlanet.Org and select Nashville. There is a thread on the link for the Paramount and the courthouse .

https://www.urbanplanet.org/forums/forum/250-nashville/

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