Paramount Theatre

121 E. Wayne Street,
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

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Previously operated by: Paramount-Publix

Architects: Alvin M. Strauss

Styles: Art Deco

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Paramount Theatre

The Paramount Theatre opened October 3, 1930 with Buddy Rodgers in “Follow Thru”. It was equipped with a Wurlitzer 3 manual 11 ranks organ. The theatre closed on April 6, 1960 and the organ was sold to a private individual. The theatre was demolished in 1962.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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minniethemoocher on January 19, 2008 at 6:14 pm

Here’s some more info, and photos.
I remember going to this Pizza and Pipes once when I was really little. I loved it, but it burned down only a few months after I went there.

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sculpturesearch on October 7, 2009 at 4:10 pm

My great-grandfather, Paul F. Nachtigall, was the sculptor who created and carved the molds for the bas-releif plasterwork inside the Emboyd (Embassy Theatre) and the Paramount in Fort Wayne. I have an article about him that mentions that the Fort Wayne News Sentinel published a special section about the Paramount when it opened on October 3, 1930. If they have an archive, you may be able to find additional information about the Paramount there.

JAlex on November 10, 2014 at 8:00 am

Photographs of the Paramount lobby murals appear in the 2014-Third Quarter issue of the THS journal, Marquee. This issue devoted to muralist Louis F. Grell.

eps930 on January 1, 2016 at 4:57 pm

I helped my 90+ year old neighbor, E.H. Kilbourne, remove some personal memorabilia, gold leaf, sconces, etc when the theater was torn down in 1962 or maybe 1963. Fascinating experience. I am presently finishing writing a book of the experience – including the ghosts, fifth column spy and all. Title is “The Trapdoor Murder” and is based on the unsolved 1940 murder.

atmos on January 21, 2017 at 4:57 pm

Closed 1961 and demolished 1962.

rivest266 on April 23, 2024 at 3:20 am

Grand opening ad posted. Public opening: October 4th, 1930.

rivest266 on April 23, 2024 at 1:52 pm

The last showtimes for the Paramount was on July 13th, 1961.

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