Paramount Theatre

Main Street,
Ashland, AL 36251

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February 1934 had exploded for the city of Ashland, adding 2 theatres in 4 separate days. The first one that starts it off is the Paramount Theatre which opened on February 15, 1934 with James Dunn and Claire Trevor in “Jimmy And Sally”, along with a Colortone Musical Revue and Pathe News. When the theatre opened it doors, it will be under the same management as the Dixie Theatre in the nearby town of Lineville. The nearby Ashland Theatre opened its doors 4 days later on February 19, 1934.

Like the Ashland Theatre that shows movies and special showings, the Paramount Theatre was not only a movie house, but radio station WSB-AM 750 in Atlanta, Georgia held a vaudeville act on their Jug Band in January 1936. The Paramount Theatre was owned by James Oliver Smith since its opening became under new management and a new ownership in 1936. Lieutenant C. I. Hood, who for the past earlier year had been located at the CCC Camp in Chandler Springs became the owner and manager on April 2, 1936. Hood formerly purchased Lineville’s Fox Theatre. While competing, the Paramount Theatre reopened later that June 15th just one door south of its old stand, which is the Ashland Theatre. The Paramount Theatre closed for at least the week earlier that month as both Ashland Theatre and Paramount Theatre became ownerships of O. I. Hood Jr., and C. O. Shuler. The Ashland Theatre according to its journal, has a larger capacity and included new projection and sound systems.

The Paramount Theatre had very short lived. It was closed on October 7, 1936 after the manager C. I. Hood had been called into the service of the U. S. Government as first lieutenant of a CCC camp in Andersonville, Georgia. He formerly worked in Ashland’s CCC camp while being apart of the theatre business. It was later taken by the management of Mr. Schuler, who were also opening up a new theatre in Heflin, and the answer is the Heflin Theatre which opened during the week of October 8-15, 1936.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 7, 2021 at 2:26 pm

The December 15, 1934 issue of Motion Picture Herald published this comment on Cecil B. DeMille’s Cleopatra from the operator of Ashland’s Paramount Theatre:

“This drew the best Monday night crowd in several months. Did extra advertising and it paid. You can’t go wrong booking this. Had many good comments.”

– J.O. Smith, Paramount Theatre, Ashland, Alabama

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