Sony Columbus Circle

15 Columbus Circle,
New York, NY 10019

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Previously operated by: Loews Cineplex, Loew's Inc., Paramount Pictures Inc., Sony Theatres

Firms: Carson, Lundin & Shaw

Previous Names: Paramount Theatre, Loew's Paramount Theatre, Loew's Columbus Circle

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Paramount Theatre exterior

Nestled under the base of the former Gulf & Western Building which was the home of Paramount Pictures at the corner of Manhattan’s Columbus Circle, it featured mostly high profile films and Academy Award nominated features. The Paramount Theatre was opened on June 24, 1970 with “Catch 22”. It was taken over by Loew’s in 1981.

Before it closed on March 30, 1995, it screened the Tom Hanks film “Forrest Gump” which had stayed there for months.

The building above was sold to real estate mogul Donald Trump who converted it to a hotel and tower today. The theatre was the first to go – it was completely removed and is now an underground parking garage in the basement of the hotel. Today, there’s no sign that the theatre ever existed.

Contributed by Jamal P. Savage

Recent comments (view all 57 comments)

AdamBomb1701 on January 21, 2016 at 8:47 am

They ran “Star Trek – The Motion Picture” in this theater back in 1979. On a advance-ticket, reserved seat engagement, despite the film opening in 400 other theaters nationwide (including 40-50 in the N.Y. metro area) on the same day – December 7, 1979. After eight weeks, when most theaters dropped the film, the Paramount still ran it. On a general admission basis, though.

moviebuff82 on August 25, 2017 at 6:13 pm

Was this film shown in 70mm dolby stereo or just 35mm?

Mikeoaklandpark on August 25, 2017 at 6:30 pm

I saw the Blue Lagoon there and it may have been a 70MM print

ridethectrain on July 4, 2021 at 3:04 pm

Please update, theatre closed on March 30, 1995

woody131 on December 11, 2022 at 2:09 pm

Because of vibration from adjacent subway lines the auditorium was built on springs or big rubber shock absorbers.

stang119 on April 22, 2023 at 12:10 pm

I went here a few times. The auditorium was cool! The walls were shaped like bellows of an old camera and the curtain looked like the lens and shutter. As if we were inside the camera! I don’t think the theatre was ever called the Sony Columbus Circle.

m00se1111 on April 23, 2023 at 5:45 am

From 1994-1996 some theatres went from Loews to Sony to Loews Cineplex

HowardBHaas on April 23, 2023 at 9:55 am

Sony had purchased Loews and rebranded to Sony for awhile. When acquired by Cineplex Odeon, the rebranding made no sense, so was changed back to Loews & became part of new Loews Cineplex which eventually itself was acquired by AMC. AMC ran the Tower East until it eventually vacated.

SethLewis on April 23, 2023 at 9:55 am

A class act of a theatre…Saw Little Big Man Murder on the Orient Express (Albert Finney) Eight Men Out The Manchurian Candidate (original re-issue) here

JoelWeide on April 23, 2023 at 10:02 am

I always thought it was such an unique theatre being underground the way it was. But then that is what New York City is all about so it fit in quite well!!

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