Paramount Theatre

200 Yazoo Avenue,
Clarksdale, MS 38614

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Paramount Theatre...Clarksdale Mississippi

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The Marion Theatre opened in 1918 on Yazoo Avenue in Clarksdale. The theatre was designed by John Gaisford and one of the first theaters in the area to be built mainly for showing movies. By 1931, the Marion Theatre was acquired by the Saenger Amusements chain, which renamed the theater the Paramount Theatre. It continued to operate as a movie house for over three more decades.

By the time it closed, it had been twinned. In 1986, the Paramount Theatre was taken over by a group that used the theatre for performing arts, and was renamed the Larry Thompson Center for the Performing Arts. The theater seems to have been used on and off since the 1990’s and is currently closed.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 13, 2017 at 10:43 pm

The April 15, 1922, issue of The American Contractor carried a notice saying that Memphis architect R. B. Spencer was preparing plans for the rebuilding of a burned theater for the Marion Theater Company at Clarksdale, Mississippi. The project was to cost $75,000.

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