Paramount Theatre

128 E. Front Street,
Burlington, NC 27215

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Previously operated by: Paramount Pictures Inc., Wilby-Kincey

Architects: Erle G. Stillwell

Functions: Community Arts Center, Movies (Classic)

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Grand Theatre

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This 1928 movie palace is located in the heart of downtown Burlington. It was opened as the Grand Theatre and was renamed Paramount Theatre in 1929. It was remodelled in the 1940’s to the plans of architect Erle G. Stillwell.

In 1998 it enjoyed a complete restoration/renovation sponsored by the City of Burlington and the Alamance County Arts Council. It reopened on February 18, 1998, and currently hosts a wide variety of events including plays, musicals, concerts, gospel performances, business and community meetings, travelogues, and classic movies.

Contributed by Renee Wright

Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

presh on January 20, 2005 at 11:17 pm

I have seen two shows at this Venue. It has been lovingly restored and it is a very impressive job done on it. I liked it so well that my partner and I are presenting concerts there. Its just such a wonderful little place.

kencmcintyre on October 21, 2006 at 11:00 pm

Here is an interesting newspaper ad from 1958:

kencmcintyre on October 21, 2006 at 11:09 pm

This 1940 ad touts the grand opening, which may have been a
re-opening if the theater opened in 1928:

PatriciaCarol on March 8, 2009 at 2:55 am

The Paramount, Carolina, and Alamance were owned by North Carolina Theatres, Inc. per ad in the 1940 “Doe Wah Jack”, Burlington High School annual.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 27, 2010 at 12:50 am

I bet at one time it might have been an ABC THEATRE or Plitt Theatre?

Susan Walker
Susan Walker on July 2, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Another theater existed in Burlington that was owned by the Qualls family. The State Theater, located on Andrews Street, opened in 1939. A short article in the Burlington Times News is attached, along with a link.

raysson on August 17, 2012 at 7:43 pm

It closed in 1978 under ABC Southeastern Theatres.

dallasmovietheaters on September 27, 2015 at 9:37 pm

The theatre’s 1940 modernization was architected by Earle G. Stillwell.

Texas2step on November 17, 2018 at 12:21 am

The name was changed from the Grand Theatre to the Paramount Theatre in 1929.

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