Paramount Theatre Centre and Ballroom
1124 Meridian Plaza,
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Paramount Theatre Centre & Ballroom (Official)
Previously operated by: Alliance Theater Corp., Paramount-Publix
Architects: John Adolph Emil Eberson, Alvin M. Strauss
Functions: Ballroom, Movies, Performing Arts
Styles: Atmospheric, Spanish Baroque
Previous Names: Paramount Theatre
Opened on August 20, 1929, the John Eberson/Alvin M. Strauss-designed Paramount Theatre was the home of film and stage shows for 55 years, until the Paramount closed in 1984. In 1989, the theater was saved from destruction by a concerned group of citizens and renovated.
The Paramount Theatre has now been restored to its original opulence. Every part of the theater has been returned to its 1929 state or otherwise improved to modern standards. A classic of Atmospheric style design, the Paramount Theatre is a testament to Eberson’s influential style.
The Paramount Theatre was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.
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I saw Seven Brides for Seven Brothers here maybe about 10 years ago. Enjoyed the experience, but the similar atmosphere-style Louisville Palace about 150 miles south is a much better theater.
The correct website for this theater is http://www.andersonparamount.org/
Recent photos of this theatre are HERE
A 1996 view of the Paramount Theater in Anderson here and here.
Glad to see they’ve added back the vertical “Paramount” sign.
Here is a July 1955 ad from the Anderson Daily Bulletin:
From 1957 a view of the Paramount and Times Theatres in Anderson.
Nice photo Don L.
In case you didn’t know, the vertical Paramount sign that was recently placed back on the building is the original sign! It sat in a barn disassembled for decades and nobody knew until the man in possession of it(whom I believe was in his 90’s) told someone that he had it! It was restored and placed back in its original spot. So cool!
Night photo of marquee 8/19/79, 50th Anniversary Show, Dr. John Landon at the Page organ, The Marx Brothers in Coconuts on screen.