Paramount Theatre

23 East Galena Boulevard,
Aurora, IL 60506

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Texas2step on October 18, 2017 at 4:57 pm

This one opened on September 3, 1931.

DavidZornig on July 29, 2015 at 7:30 pm

1972 Chicago Tribune photo added via Tim O'Neill.

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Life's Too Short on December 29, 2012 at 11:25 pm

Since its restoration the Paramount has been upgraded significantly. The original lobby was expanded into some kind of ballroom or party space. From what I can see it was tastefully done.

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Gerald A. DeLuca on June 23, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Boxoffice magazine of September 15, 1956 has two small photos showing the restoration of the marquee:
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shoeshoe14 on August 5, 2009 at 8:55 pm

The film “Public Enemies” about John Dillinger had a scene that took place in this theater.

DavidZornig on April 14, 2009 at 1:15 pm

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MPol on November 7, 2008 at 7:58 pm

What a beautiful-looking theatre!! Love that design!

DavidZornig on November 7, 2008 at 7:40 pm

I took my mother here to see Olivia Newton John. Our seats were in the last row of the main floor. It was halfway over before she realized it wasn’t Ann Margaret.

I also saw Bjorn Again, an ABBA cover band here… I know…
The crowd was mostly seniors. So there must have been some kind of group packages offered or something.

The Paramount is an absolutely beautiful place. Took a while to get to, but well worth it. Right on a river, with storefronts that should be booming but weren’t.

They run stuff like the above, Brad Garrett, Turtles, etc. I think the parking as free and shared by a casino.

CHICTH74 on June 29, 2006 at 9:17 pm

The marquee reminds me of the marquee of the Paradise Theatre in Chicago.

GWaterman on December 3, 2005 at 2:09 pm

I saw movies at the Paramount as a child; of all the theatres my parents took me to, this was the one I loved the best for its ornate loveliness. The approach to it is wonderful, with the river right there to see. During the ‘80’s I traveled with a theatre company that played this hall after it’s renovation. It’s still a wonderful building.

teecee on June 19, 2005 at 5:53 am

Nice current photo on page 163 of Reader’s Digest Discover America ISBN 0762104341.

JimRankin on June 10, 2005 at 9:14 am

Recent color photos of this theatre can be found on the site: “America’s Stunning Theatres” by photographer and stagehand Noah Kern at: Comments and information may be left there without registration; such can be public view or only to Mr. Kern. Scroll down the page to find the name, and then click on the sample image above it to be taken to the page of photos of it.

MaudeMerriman on May 13, 2005 at 1:58 pm

Any chance you might have a audience participation Rocky Horror Picture Show this summer or the near future?

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Broan on March 19, 2005 at 10:44 pm

View link Here are a few interior photos.

richardg on June 8, 2004 at 3:26 pm

I’ll always have fond memories of the Paramount. In 1980, I released a oldies compilation ablum and I wanted a picture of a Paramount theatre on the album’s cover. After having the marquee set up with all the various artists names, the photographer informed me that to get the best “shot” he’d have to be in the middle of the river. I guess someone overheard us talking because 30 minutes later the Aurora Fire Dept. arrived and my photographer was wisked away in a basket and extended over the river.
Thanks again Aurora Fire Dept. and the Paramount staff.

karaoketom on January 16, 2004 at 7:13 pm

I saw a few movies there in the 70’s like: “Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid” & “The Exorcist”. The place was so huge that even if a 200 – 300 people were there it seemed empty. I Also saw a 3 band concert there with: “Styx”, “Cock & Bull” and “Dr. Hook & his Fabulous Medicine Show”. (I sat in the balcony)