1066 Market Street,
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Architects: Alfred Henry Jacobs
Styles: Spanish Colonial
Previous Names: Granada Theatre
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Located about half a block away from the Golden Gate Theatre and the Warfield Theatre. Opened as the Granada Theatre on November 17, 1921 with Marion Davies in “Enchantment”. It was built and owned by lawyer/exhibitor Herbert L. Rothchild, and Paramount Publix were a major investor (they took full control in 1925). It had an operating staff of 122 people. It was renamed Paramount Theatre on January 31, 1931 following a remodel.
This opulent, Andalusian-style movie palace became part of the Fox West Coast Theatres chain who took on the lease from 1934 until 1947. In addition to its opulent interior, the Paramount Theatre also contained a 4 manual, 32 rank Wurlitzer organ which was opened by organist Oliver Wallace. The organ is now installed in the Regent Theatre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The stage was equipped with a stage elevator, said to one of the first in a motion picture theatre.
The Paramount Theatre was closed on April 20, 1965 with Elvis Presley in “Girl Happy” & Nancy Sinatra in “Get Yourself a College Girl”. It was immediately demolished and was replaced by a low 2 story building which contains retail units. You can still see the outline of this now-demolished theatre in the façade of the adjacent building.
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