Paramount Theatre

139 South Center Street,
Goldsboro, NC 27530

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Previously operated by: Martin Theatres, Paramount Pictures Inc.

Previous Names: Mason Theatre, Paramount Twin Theatre

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Paramount Theatre - 1975

Housed inside a building constructed in 1882, the Paramount Theatre opened in the 1920’s as a 900-seat movie house. It was twinned by Martin Theatres in the early-1980’s and closed in the mid-1980’s. Later reborn as a performing arts venue, the Paramount Theatre was devastated in February 2005 by a blaze.

It was rebuilt and reopened in February 2008 as a live theatre. Seating is now provided for 350 on the orchestra level and 150 in the balcony.

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Recent comments (view all 20 comments)

Spongeb649 on March 24, 2008 at 7:23 pm

Have a frontal picture if anyone want to see it (And it is BEFORE the Fire,too)

kencmcintyre on December 13, 2008 at 4:33 pm

The Paramount has a full schedule of events. Status should be open, and function should be performing arts or live performances.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 5, 2010 at 6:20 am

An interesting coincidence: I saw a couple of Ava Gardner movies yesterday (she’s November’s “star of the month” on the Turner Classic Movies channel) and just now, when I did a Google search on the Paramount in Goldsboro, I found a biography of her that says that in 1940, when she was attending Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) in nearby Wilson, North Carolina, a fellow named J.M. Fordham took her to a movie at the Paramount.

NightHawk1 on June 6, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Did any part of the original Paramount survive the fire? The rebuilt Paramount looks shorter and wider than the old one.

vbridgers on July 10, 2012 at 5:30 am

I now work at the Paramount and didn’t even realize this site was out there. I’m currently on the search for pictures of the original building…so please let me know if any of you would be able to send me any (my email address is ). And NightHawk1, so you know…there are no original parts of the theatre since reconstruction. The building is brand new from the foundation up. The original intention was to try and save the front facade…but it was too damaged. The new building has a wider footprint because the small office to the side was also torn down after the damage.

ronniemayo on July 15, 2012 at 4:27 pm

I remember going into the Paramount is a kid. One movie I remember watching was the new movie “Grease”. You would walk in and take a right turn to walk up the small ramp to pay for your ticket and then you would buy your drink and popcorn. I remember the carpet being bright red during this time. I never did sat in the balcony. During this time in the late 70’s you had several movie theatre to go to in Goldsboro. I have pictures of the Paramount the few days after the building burned and being roped off downtown. I found this site by accident looking for information on the Air Vue Drive-In theatre. It use to be Berkeley Blvd across the street from News-Argus.

raysson on June 20, 2013 at 9:46 am

By 1982,this theatre was twinned by Martin Theatres where the original 500 seats were split into two sections with 250 seats each in both auditoriums before it closed by the mid-1980’s.

raysson on July 1, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Closed in 1984 by Martin Theatres.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on March 9, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Shouldn’t this be listed as closed and demolished since, while the old Paramount was at one time a movie theatre it is now totally gone, and the new Paramount has never been a movie theatre?

NightHawk1 on July 5, 2014 at 2:09 am

This theater was also known as the Paramount Twin (after Martin Theatres twinned it), reverting to Paramount Theatre when it reopened as a live venue.

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