Paradise Center for the Arts

321 Central Avenue N.,
Faribault, MN 55021

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Previously operated by: Drive-In Theatres Inc.

Architects: Jack J. Liebenberg

Firms: Liebenberg and Kaplan

Functions: Movies (Classic), Movies (Family), Movies (Silent), Performing Arts

Styles: Atmospheric, Spanish Moorish

Previous Names: Paradise Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 507.332.7372

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Paradise Center for the Arts - Faribault, MN

Opened as the Paradise Theatre in 1929 with 900 seats, it was in an Atmospheric style, and has a brief mention in Ben Hall’s book, “The Best Remaining Seats”. By 1957 the Paradise Theatre was operated by Drive-In Theatres Inc.

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Recent comments (view all 16 comments)

KJB2012 on July 14, 2007 at 2:44 pm

I visited the theatre yesterday. They are planning to open in October.
They seem to be coming along nicely in auditorium but the marquee is not up yet.
It’s going to be a great little cinema.

atmos on October 13, 2007 at 7:06 am

Theatre has its grand re-opening on 20 October.

ParadiseFound on January 30, 2008 at 10:42 pm

We are open! First musical performance October 27, 2007. First play: December 2007. First movie: January 26, 2008.

Scott on January 31, 2008 at 7:54 am

Interesting that the exterior photo of the Paradise on their website shows a vertical sign with the name “Paramount.” There’s no mention of the theatre ever having been called the Paramount. I wonder if they used the wrong photo?

mntwister on May 12, 2008 at 11:17 pm

I was lucky enough to tour the theater when it was still running, ran down an hour from Minneapolis. The owner was a very nice gentleman who let me roam the theater freely (while he went to lunch somewhere) for over an hour and a half. It is beautiful inside. The nice thing about the trip is since he was not long away from closing, he showed me about 14 boxes and asked if I wanted them. I arranged for transferring them home and when I started opening them,….lobby card sets from movies like Sound of Music and Greatest Story ever told, 6 boxes full of pressbooks (one for each studio) and the others were one sheets and Boxoffice magazines from the 1940’s and 1950’s.They were not in the basement so were in good shape. Guess my day was very lucky, the final owner of this theater as a movie house was one of the nicest guys I had ever met (and I would still say that had he given me nothing). Here’s a link to a picture: View link


Scott on June 4, 2010 at 10:10 am

Well, based on the photo link provided by Lost Memory, the photo on the theatre’s web site is indeed that of the Paradise. However, the photo on theatre’s website does show a vertical with the name Paramount. So it must have been known as the Paramount early in its life.

DavidZornig on January 14, 2014 at 9:42 pm

I just added a 1920’s photo of the Grand Theatre, which preceded the Paradise on the same site. The Grand Theatre burned down in 1927, according to a 2004 article in the Faribault Daily News. The article also mentioned a poured concrete foundation for the Paradise. To avoid the same fate as the Grand. It is probably not necessary to create a separate page for the Grand Theatre. As the address was the same as the Paradise. But the name should be added as past names. I found the photo on a Facebook page called “You know you grew up in Faribault when…” I credited Brian Schmidt who posted the photo.

DavidZornig on January 14, 2014 at 10:12 pm

OK, Update & Correction. The Grand Theatre burned down in 1927. The Paramount was built in 1928, and was renamed the Paradise sometime after 1933. I added a program and exterior image from that year for the Paramount, to the photos section.

DavidZornig on January 14, 2014 at 10:20 pm

Last correction. The Grand Theatre fire must have happened in 1928, not 1927. I just added a much nicer photo of the Grand Theatre with Richard Dix “Easy Come Easy Go” on the marquee. Which was released 04/21/28.

Bruce Calvert
Bruce Calvert on August 19, 2015 at 5:59 pm

I’ve got an advertising herald for WHAT PRICE GLORY (1927), which was showing at the Grand Theatre – Faribault starting Wednesday, January 11, 1928.

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