727 Church Street,
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Architects: John Adolph Emil Eberson
Styles: Art Deco
This was a “hardtop” theatre designed by famed theatre architect John Eberson in an Art Deco style. It is mentioned in passing in Ben Hall’s book “The Best Remaining Seats”. The Paramount Theatre opened on November 14, 1930. My mother remembers the Wurlitzer 3 manual 15 ranks organ which was opened by organist C. Sharpe Minor (Charles Sharpe Minor), was still in use during World War II when she was going to the movies. By 1950 the Paramount Theatre was operated by Crescent Amusement Co. It was still open in 1957.
Nashville had several big movie palaces downtown, three on Church Street. All have been razed. The site of the Paramount Theatre became a parking lot. In 2019 a courthouse was being constructed on the site.
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