Paramount Theatre

241 North Main Street,
Barre, VT

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Yesterday
Yesterday on April 4, 2006 at 8:47 am

Hello! Does anyone have interior and exterior pictures of the Paramount Theatre in Barre, Vermont before modernization destroyed it? I grew up in Barre and attended many Saturday afternoons at this theatre. The interior was a sight to behold with its orchestra pit, overhead balcony, and cathedral sconces which lined the exterior walls. If you do have pictures, please send an e-mail to Thanks!

macknife
macknife on January 30, 2006 at 8:13 pm

I stumbled across a beautiful original neon PARAMOUNT sign at an antique shop in Lynn MA recently (on display only..not for sale)…thinking that it may have come from the Paramount in Lynn MA, I was informed by the proprietor that it came from Paramount in Vermont..Brattleboro he thought. If ‘add-a-photo" ever comes back to this site, i’ll take a pic and post it..

Gravity
Gravity on July 1, 2004 at 11:05 am

The Barre Paramount is definately still open. I’ll take a photo for when the “add a photo” is back up. The website for the Paramount & the Capitol (in Montpelier) is http://fgbtheaters.com/, though it unfortunately doesn’t list anything but show times & prices.

Sad story, at that premiere, Alfred Hitchcock signed the wall at the Paramount. The signature was painted over during renovation :(

Howndog
Howndog on June 17, 2004 at 5:49 pm

The Barre Paramount’s entrance is in a small, two-story business block built in 1904. A theatre, called the Park, was built in back of the block in 1915. This burned in March 1920; the older building in front survived. A new Park was built on the same location in 1921; its name was changed to the Paramount in 1932. The theatre was renovated for two screens in 1981. On September 30th, 1955, Shirley MacLaine and Alfred Hitchcock attended the world premiere of “The Trouble with Harry” at the Paramount in Barre.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on April 4, 2004 at 11:30 pm

Oops! It showed up in a Google search for Barre Paramount Theatre and I did not read the page carefully, only looked at the pictures. Thanks for clearing that up!

richardg
richardg on April 4, 2004 at 10:30 pm

Hi Roger, the website you supplied is for the Rutland Paramount which I know is open and have seen. Anyway, now that I’ve confused everyone, I’ll try to summerize without confusion. Rutland Paramount open and beautifully restored; Barre Paramount open, Brattleboro Paramount demolished.

richardg
richardg on April 4, 2004 at 9:36 pm

Thanks Roger, too many “B”’s. The demolsihed Paramount I was thinking about was in Brattleboro. I enjoyed seeing the photo’s on the website.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on April 4, 2004 at 9:18 pm

Don’t know what website you see it listed as demolished on, but I have it listed as open. Renovations have been completed, so the status should be changed. It is open and showing movies on two screens. Check out http://www.rutlandherald.com/paramount/ for many articles and photos of its reopening a few years ago.

richardg
richardg on April 4, 2004 at 9:04 pm

Another theatre website lists this theatre as demolished. I know it was in rough shape in 1989, so it wouldn’t surprise me if it has been torn down. Anyone know for sure? Roger, how about you, this is your part of the country.

richardg
richardg on March 30, 2004 at 7:42 pm

I saw theatre in 1989 while looking for a different Paramount which quite another lenghty story. Anyway, this theatre had been twined. Sorry, might notes don’t tell me much else except the person who was telling me all about the theatre said, “It’s the only Paramount in Vermont.” I guess he didn’t travel much because I knew of at least one other in Vermont at that time — it being the Paramount in Brattleboro

William
William on March 30, 2004 at 3:27 pm

The Paramount Theatre seated 1161 people.