Paramount Theatre

213 N. Schuyler Avenue,
Kankakee, IL 60901

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Classic Cinemas (Official)

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Operated by: Classic Cinemas

Previously operated by: Balaban & Katz Corp., Paramount-Publix, Publix Theaters Corporation

Architects: Edward P. Rupert

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Styles: Art Deco

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 815.936.6843

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Paramount Theatre

Opened on April 11, 1931 by Publix Theatres, the Paramount Theatre had 1,287 seats.

In 1988, the Paramount Theatre was brought into the Classic Cinemas chain and renovated, re-opening on December 15, 1988. Although the theatre was modernized, it retained much of what could be saved from its original Art Deco style interior.

Four screens were added to the original Paramount Theatre and were imbued with an appropriate Art Deco style treatment. Two auditoriums are equipped with digital projection and 3D, and all have HPS 4000 digital sound.

Recent comments (view all 17 comments)

radtothebad on March 18, 2004 at 9:55 pm

and maybe someone remembers the drive-in out on 17?

JASmall on March 19, 2004 at 6:44 am

The Luna was right next door to the old Watlands Camera Store, indeed more or less kitty-corner from the Arcade Building (where my dad worked as an elevator operator when he was in high school, but that’s another story.) Have to admit I don’t know anything about the other five theaters you named, but I’ll ask my dad anout them the next time I see him.

What used to be the Majestic, I am told, is now used by the Kankakee Valley Theatre group for its performances and office space. (I remember those tile floors, too; my younger brothers used to pretend they were pieces on a giant chess board!) As for the drive-in on Highway 17, that was the Starlite (at least that was the name it used as far back as I recall, though I’m told it had operated under another named prior to the 1960s). Spent quite a bit of time at the Starlite as a teenager.

radtothebad on September 14, 2004 at 7:41 pm

So I found out who owns the Majestic, and he supposedly has plans to do something with it. Also one evening, as I was enjoying a drink at the City Tavern (heh heh, with its “great” history) I noticed a photo of the Majestic on the wall next to the restrooms. The only old picture I have seen of it. I about died of happiness. It’s hard to find photos and other info on theatres here in Kankakee.

jalong on April 4, 2005 at 3:27 pm

The Kankakee Paramount was a virtual twin to the Paramount Theater ibn Aurora, IL. They were built at the same time, 1931; the Aurora version opened in September. It’s now the Paramount Arts Centre.

iatse on August 15, 2006 at 3:14 pm

I was the last projectionist at the Town Cinema theatre taking
Meredith place when he went out West.


MustangMike on September 8, 2006 at 4:56 am

The Paramount theatre is celebrating it’s 75th anniversary with a week of movies from the past seven decades. Here is a link to the Classic Cinemas page listing the films.

Meredith Rhule
Meredith Rhule on December 19, 2008 at 8:01 pm

Jerry, how ya doing brother? Well, he left his message two and a half years ago. Oh well, it is the thought that counts.

Beadee on July 8, 2010 at 11:57 am

Love this theater. Well worth the drive from Homewood or even Chicago if it’s a film in the main theater.

Trolleyguy on May 18, 2016 at 4:34 pm

Updated website link:

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