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Paramount Theatre

2001 Photo from the Dave Felthous collection.
Seattle Theatre Group
911 Pine St
Seattle WA 98101
(206) 956-5343

Visit Website Live Theatre National Register 1974
Record #9996  
 Opened: March 1, 1928
Capacity: 3054 seats
Architect(s): Rapp & Rapp
Architectural Style(s):
National Register: 1974
Current Organ: 4/20 Wurlitzer
 Also Known As: Paramount Seattle, Cinerama
 Previously operated by: Evergreen State Amusement Corporation, John Hamrick Theatres, National General Theatres, Stanley Warner Cinerama Corporation

Information for this tour was contributed by Dave Felthous & Matt Lutthans.

The 1928 Paramount was built away from the heart of then-downtown Seattle, anticipating eastward growth that took years to happen. With 3,000 seats, it was the largest movie theater in the city.

It actually opened as the "Seattle Theatre" and did not originally have its "modern" triangular marquee. That marquee was built specifically for the run of "This is Cinerama" in 1956. Originally it read "Cinerama" where it now horizontally reads "Paramount"

In the late 50s, the theatre reverted to showing standard fare again, then in 1959 the Cinemiracle format arrived, which was virtually identical to Cinerama, and by the time it arrived here, had already been purchased by Cinerama, Inc., to avoid further proliferation of the format. Following the run of the only true Cinemiracle film, "Windjammer," the theatre again resorted to standard fare, but returned once more to 3-projector Cinemiracle during the World's Fair in 1962, showing "Holiday in Spain" in a bastardized 3-projector format. (The film was not shot -- but was projected! -- that way. Very odd.)

As new theaters went up in the suburbs, fewer people went downtown to movies, and the Paramount eventually quit showing films.

Its long-term future was clouded for many years until Ida Cole, who had made a fortune with Microsoft, bought the theater and invested millions in upgrading and restoring the building. It now the elegant home of touring shows.

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