110 West 2nd Street,
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Previous Names: Elkwood Hall, Washington Hall, Amphion Theatre, New Plainfield Theatre, Plainfield Theatre
Originally the Elkwood Hall, becoming the Washington Hall and then the Amphion Theatre. Redesigned to the plans of architect Fuller Claflin, it reopened as the New Plainfield Theatre on August 24, 1905. Seating was provided for 1,353.
In 1928, the Plainfield Theatre was taken over by Paramount-Publix, and was remodelled to the plans of architect Thomas Lamb, and reopened as the Paramount Theatre on October 10, 1930. A beautiful color photograph in the first edition of Ben Hall’s “The Best Remaining Seats” shows the Paramount’s stage curtain, with the caption: “The Paramount was Thomas Lamb’s answer to Sid Grauman. The dragon motif on the curtain was repeated on the ceiling and lobby walls; the facade was Spanish”.
The Paramount Theatre was demolished in the 1970’s.
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