King Square Cinemas

25 King Square North,
Saint John, NB E2L1E6

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Previously operated by: Empire Theatres, Famous Players

Previous Names: Paramount Theatre

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King Square Cinemas

The Paramount Theatre was opened by New Brunswick’s Lieutenant Governor David MacLaren on September 21, 1948 as Atlantic Canada’s premiere movie theatre. When built, the theatre employed the latest film technology and is believed to be because Louis B. Mayer was born in Saint John, New Brunswick. As Famous Players most modern theatre in Atlantic Canada, the original single screen theatre with 1,040 seats had first rights to the latest Hollywood movies, which were shown daily from 1pm to 11pm.

In 1979, the theatre was twinned. Cinema 1 and Cinema 2 had seating for 586 and 454, respectively. The strategic location of the Paramount Theatre on centrally located Kings Square made it a key entertainment venue in Saint John for decades. However, the building became surplus to the Empire Movie Corporation following the opening of their new multi-plex on the East side of Saint John.

It was demolished in October 2013.

Contributed by Matt Alexander

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 23, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Thanks Matt for getting these theatres listed.

irishcine on April 15, 2012 at 1:14 am

Bad news concerning renovation plans here.

CSWalczak on April 15, 2012 at 2:14 am

Something is odd here. The picture that accompanies the above referenced article is basically the same as the ones in the pictures indicated within the comments for the King Square Cinema, but the addresses in the CT listings are different; also the listing for the King Square Cinema would seem to indicate that the Kings Square is at least partially demolished if not completely.

telliott on April 15, 2012 at 11:48 am

This is the King Square cinemas which was formerly the Famous Players Paramount. When Empire bought all the Famous Players cinemas in Atlantic Canada, they renamed this one Empire King Square Cinemas. The other one is the former Odeon theatre which as it states was renamed King Square in 1984, closed in 1996 and is demolished.

ScreenClassic on May 8, 2014 at 1:45 am

The King Square/Paramount Theatre should now be listed as demolished. It was torn down in October 2013. The article on the theatre’s demolition is below:

Paramount Theatre Demolished – another Saint John landmark swept away

DavidDymond on May 8, 2014 at 10:47 am

I do NOT believe that this was the Paramount Theatre in Saint John, New Brunswick. I believe this was originally an Odeon Theatre!!!

telliott on May 8, 2014 at 10:56 am

Well when you Google Paramount Saint John and it shows photos with the Famous Players logo and marquee, it looks identical to this one.

DavidDymond on May 8, 2014 at 2:05 pm

OK — maybe I was wrong on that one!!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 21, 2015 at 1:09 pm

DavidDymond is thinking of the King Square Cinema (singular) which was called the Odeon from 1966 to 1984. It was the King Square Cinema from 1984 until closing in 1996. The Paramount, renamed Cinema 1 and Cinema 2 in 1979, must have been renamed Kings Square Cinemas after the other house closed.

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