145 N. County Road,
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Paramount Theatre, Palm Beach (Official)
Previously operated by: Paramount-Publix
Architects: Joseph Urban
Firms: Kemp, Bunch & Jackson
Styles: Mediterranean Revival
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Mediterranean Revival style theatre with two and a half stories, masonry, stuccoed, two and a half-story entrance, breezeway terrace. Designed as a complete cultural center that included theatre, residences, restaurant, shops, and offices. Opened on January 9, 1927 with Ronald Colman in “Beau Geste. There was a 16-piece orchestra to accompany the film and Emil Velazco played the ‘Mighty’ Wurlitzer organ. Seating was provided for 1,236 with 1,080 in the orchestra and 156 balcony box seats. The side walls of the auditorium were covered with 60ft wall to ceiling canvas murals of sea fishes designed by Joseph Urban’s daughter. In 1928 it was equipped for sound films. In the 1930’s and 1940’s, the Paramount Theatre was a center of live entertainment as well as films.
In 1948, it was remodeled by the architectural firm Kemp, Bunch & Jackson of Jacksonville, FL. In 1974 it was listed on the Register of Historic Places. It was closed on May 21, 1980 with Sissy Spacek in “Coal Miner’s Daughter”. In 1985 the interior was converted into two levels of office suites. The current Paramount Church occupies the former stage, screen area and orchestra pit of the former theatre. In 2001 they began screening old classic movies on the first Thursday of the month from December to May and also from 2008 Christian films are screened on the third Friday each month.
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