Paramount Center for the Arts

1008 Brown Street,
Peekskill, NY 10566

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Opened on June 17, 1930 by Paramount Theatres Inc., the theater was designed as a first run movie house, with seating for 1,485.

After 28 years, the building was sold in 1958 amid hard times for ticket sales. No one was able to resurrect the Paramount Theater to its former glories and the theater closed in 1977 and was turned over to the city of Peekskill.

The theater was reopened briefly in 1979 for performances with a medium degree of success. The theater closed again and was renovated for its second encore in 1981 following a strong grassroots campaign to save the old Paramount Theater.

The theater has remained open and vibrant during the 1980’s, 1990’s and into this century. It is still run by a non-profit organization that uses the proceeds to further improve the theater and its prospects for the future.

The Paramount Center for the Arts was closed down by the city on October 4, 2012. A new operator was found and it reopened summer 2013.

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CHICTH74
CHICTH74 on July 6, 2006 at 3:09 am

This Paramount Theatre is found in the movie “ALFIE” the 2004 verson it can be seen in passing at counter number 1:16:50 on the dvd.

HDTVdesignteam
HDTVdesignteam on July 12, 2006 at 7:54 pm

Finally the restrooms are getting a makeover. Plus, the outgoing Governor (former Peekskill Mayor) just put a heafty sum into the state budget for capital improvements.
Take a look at some photos from the theater.
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shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on January 21, 2009 at 10:23 pm

Great mention of the theatre in Sunday’s New York Times Westchester Section, with nice picture. http://tinyurl.com/7hb33f

MPol
MPol on April 16, 2009 at 3:35 am

Looks like a beautiful theatre. Glad it was saved.

MPol
MPol on May 7, 2009 at 5:57 pm

Thanks for the photo, Lost Memory. I love it!

michaelkaplan
michaelkaplan on August 5, 2009 at 7:35 pm

It’s not a great theater, but it’s very nice and hasn’t been overrestored, so you still feel like you’re in an old theater. The current projection/sound system is first rate; it’s a pleasure to see movies there.

spectrum
spectrum on December 7, 2010 at 4:43 am

They have completed some additional major renovations 2007-2010, including recreating original ceiling morals, replastering and repainting the walls and decorative featuures, new carpeting, refurbished seats, lobby renovations.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 28, 2012 at 6:57 pm

An article about the closing can be read here. Let us hope it it is temporary.

rivest266
rivest266 on October 13, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Reopened, new website at http://paramounthudsonvalley.com/ and is showing movies again.

robboehm
robboehm on June 13, 2014 at 1:25 am

As seen in the news for the funeral service of Tracey Morgan’s associate. Surprised to see the seating isn’t all that large since it has a very broad street presence.

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