Paramount Theatre

913 W. St. Germain Street,
St. Cloud, MN 56301

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The Paramount Theatre (Official)

Additional Info

Previously operated by: Finkelstein & Ruben, Paramount-Publix

Architects: Leo W. Schaefer

Functions: Community Arts Center, Live Performances, Live Theater, Movies (Classic)

Styles: Adam

Previous Names: Sherman Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 320.259.5463

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Paramount Theatre

Built in 1921, the Paramount Theatre is a true classic. Originally erected as the Sherman Theatre, it was operated by the Finkelstein & Ruben chain. In 1929 they were taken over by Publix and the picture palace was renovated in 1930 for talkies and renamed the Paramount Theatre on August 1, 1930. By the 1960’s, the Paramount Theatre’s ticket sales had fallen sharply and the theatre had begun to deteriorate. The theatre eventually closed and then fell victim to fire in 1985.

For 15 years, the theatre was raising funds and undergoing extensive renovations, which were completed in 2010.

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

anthonyfitz on July 18, 2001 at 10:55 pm

within the last week, i’ve had a chance to visit the paramount theater in person, and it is now in service as a arts center and museum. i witnessed a truly beautiful theater/museum with my own eyes.

Barry on January 14, 2003 at 4:47 pm

The Paramount (originally the Sherman Theater on Saint Germain Street) opened in 1921. It was renovated very extensively and reopened in 1998. It now has 700 seats from the original 1200 and is used many times a week now with various plays, musical and dance shows, among other sorts of entertainment. The arts center is flourishing too with regular classes and exhibitions. Also the offices of the local arts and playhouses are here. These include the Central Minnesota Children’s Theater, County Stearns Theatrical Company, and the Troupe Theater.

epparixey on February 13, 2009 at 11:27 am

Kubrick’s Spartacus will be showing at the Paramount on April 10, 2009.

Kiwanda on March 7, 2009 at 1:01 am

I’m planning to see Spartacus as I’ve only seen one film at the Paramount, a documentary. It’s a great venue for theater (saw Aladdin there last weekend) and I’m really looking forward to seeing a real movie in that setting.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 14, 2010 at 3:41 am

Decorative tile for the Knights of Columbus Building (which included the Sherman Theatre) was supplied by the American Terra Cotta Company. The company’s archives lists the architect of the building as Leo W. Schaefer.

spectrum on November 24, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Their website indicates that the restoration has been completed!

rivest266 on October 25, 2016 at 3:09 am

August 1st, 1930 grand opening ad as Paramount in the photo section.

rivest266 on October 25, 2016 at 3:52 am

February 28th, 1946 grand reopening as “Victory-ized” Paramount also in the photo section. It reopened on the 1st.

DavidZornig on February 10, 2021 at 11:51 am

100th Anniversary article with photos.

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