Paramount Theatre

257 E. Flagler Street,
Miami, FL 33131

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Paramount Theatre exterior and the nearby Town Theatre

Opened on January 27, 1922 with B.P.O. Elks Minstrels on the stage with a cast of 50. The New Fairfax Theatre had 1,509 seats. In the early-1930’s it was largely re-built and enlarged to 2,200 seats. Renamed Paramount Theatre, it reopened on December 10, 1931. It was still open in 1956, but had closed by 1957.

Contributed by Al Alvarez

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rivest266 on October 16, 2011 at 11:31 am

This was renamed Paramount on December 10th, 1931. Ad uploaded in the photo section.

plantladie12 on May 12, 2012 at 4:03 pm

I have wonderful memories of Paramount theater. I am 73, my first job was at candy counter and i gt chewewed out for adding too much butter to pop corn. Later I worked at a twin theater and wondering if that was the olmpia. Paramount was next to a famous hamburger pl and my boyfribned, Johnny, usher, wld go there after work. I am so mad that I cannot remember the name, I know it like it was my own.It was not white castle, on that order. wonderful memories

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 12, 2012 at 4:45 pm

It was probably a Royal Castle next to the Paramount, plantladie12.

The Olympia was never a twin. There were no twins downtown.

guarina on May 14, 2012 at 10:44 am

The first twin in Miami was the Twin Gables, actually on S.W. 22nd Street, not in Gables.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 14, 2012 at 12:45 pm

The Sunny Isles and Dadeland opened before the Twin Gables.

guarina on May 15, 2012 at 4:18 pm

OK, I stand corrected. Since Dadeland was in Kendall, I didn’t think of it much, but the Twin Gables I passed often. — I worked for Wometco for 13 months.

Louis of Pompano
Louis of Pompano on October 21, 2012 at 4:42 pm

I believe the Hippodrome was on the corner of the Florida Theater. The Fotosho became the Paramount. I think the Hippdrome became the Florida.

remkoolhaas on January 14, 2019 at 12:37 pm

I think it is now the Marshall’s

DavidZornig on November 5, 2019 at 7:44 pm

Circa 1931 photo added credit R.E. Simpson, courtesy Alvin Lederer. 1934 photo added, source unknown.

rivest266 on January 23, 2020 at 6:22 pm

The Fairfax theater opened on January 27th, 1922 with a stage play. Grand opening ad posted.

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