Grand Theater

21 Lamar Avenue,
Paris, TX 75460

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Grand Theater Paris TX...Don Lewis / Billy Smith

The Grand Theater was opened on September 23, 1937 with Edward Arnold in “The Toast of New York”. It was twinned on December 5, 1980. It is now closed but maintains a tall, unique and colorful vertical sign spelling “Grand” with large white letters in red circles and a blue back ground. The marquee is also intact. In August 2018 plans were proposed to refurbish and eventually reopen in the Grand Theater.

Contributed by Don Lewis

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 16, 2009 at 1:27 am

Here is an August 1979 article from the Paris News. Cineplex bought the Grand and announced plans to twin it.
http://tinyurl.com/okx6ju

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 16, 2009 at 1:31 am

On the Google maps photo the marquee says “Help me”. Depressing.

david7290
david7290 on March 7, 2010 at 11:08 pm

I hope the plans include ‘de-twinning’ and restoring to its original state and remove the stucco fake front. If not, expect no help from most area folks. Can’t understand why the sign was repaired and remounted to a crumbling facade that should have been removed. More of it fell onto sidewalk on 3/6/10. Two rules of thumb need to apply to restoring/repairing anything about this building.
(1) Do it correctly.
(2) Do it quickly.
If plans are to be half hearted then so will be donations & support. Such interest wains fast in this town.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on January 21, 2011 at 5:06 pm

From 1943 a photo taken in front of the Grand Theater in Paris. The man in the photo is almost certainly Claude Musselman. The unassuming Mr Musselman was a big player in the movie theater business.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on January 21, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Photos of the Grand Theater Here and Here from Paris TX.

Lindy
Lindy on November 25, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Bad news: The Grand Theater’s roof has collapsed. http://theparisnews.com/news/front_page/article_34ab81d6-15ed-11e1-ad2e-001cc4c03286.html

chad965
chad965 on June 17, 2013 at 12:38 am

Good news! Repairs will be proceeding. The Paris city council has unanimously agreed that this building must be repaired, and the exterior restored to how it looked in 1937!

rivest266
rivest266 on June 20, 2015 at 9:39 am

Grand opening ad as a twin December 5th, 1980

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on April 1, 2019 at 1:11 pm

The New Grand Theatre in Paris, Texas, launched September 23, 1937 with “Toast of New York.”

In August 2018, the Paris City Council meeting unanimously voted to give the Paris Grand Theater Project a 30-year lease to revive the moribund theatre which would include the removal of asbestos among a number of other daunting challenges ahead.

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