Paramount Theatre

713 Congress Avenue,
Austin, TX 78701

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Previously operated by: Interstate Theatres Inc. & Texas Consolidated Theaters Inc., Paramount Pictures Inc., Publix

Architects: John Adolph Emil Eberson

Functions: Movies (Classic), Stage Shows

Styles: Neo-Classical

Previous Names: Majestic Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 512.472.5470
Manager: 512.469.7469

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Opened October 11, 1915 with a stage production of the play “When Knights were Bold”. The Majestic Theatre was a classic vaudeville house which continued showing everything from travelling stage shows to classic films.

It was remodeled and renamed Paramount Theatre, reopening on August 29, 1930 with the Four Marx Brothers in “Animal Crackers”. A new marquee was added in around 2000.

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DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 2, 2015 at 4:58 pm

1930 photo added, copy via the Austin History Center Facebook page. Photo credit in link below.

October 11th was the 100th anniversary of the 1st production at the Paramount Theater, then known as the Majestic Theater. A play called “When Knights Were Bold” opened on October 11th, 1915. To learn more about the Paramount’s history, visit our photo exhibit in our Holt Gallery, on view until November 1st. You can also visit this website: http://paramounthistory.org/ to read more stories.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 2, 2015 at 5:27 pm

2 other photos added courtesy of the Austin History Center Facebook page as well.

trailerjoh
trailerjoh on November 2, 2015 at 11:54 pm

Here is a photo taken the night the new blade was lite. We celebrated the new blade along with our 100th birthday. Originally opened Oct. 11, 1915. The blade lighting event was Sept 23, 2015. https://flic.kr/p/z3VmuG

RickB
RickB on June 11, 2017 at 6:36 pm

In memory of Adam West, here’s a shot of the premiere of the 1966 Batman movie at the Paramount.

rivest266
rivest266 on March 9, 2018 at 6:58 pm

October 10th, 1915 opening ad as the Majestic can be found in the photo section.

MSC77
MSC77 on March 29, 2018 at 12:22 pm

I’m passing along the link to a new historical article about large format presentations at this and other Austin cinemas.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 7, 2018 at 5:47 pm

Article with more photos of the “Batman” premiere.

http://library.austintexas.gov/blog-entry/holy-superlatives-batman-movie-398478

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on June 11, 2019 at 11:39 pm

I’ve come across an early `50s photo of what appears to be a Stanford Theatre on Congress near 2nd Street, but can find no record of it anywhere. Looks to be a small marquee beneath a vertical sign. Anyone hear of it?

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on June 20, 2020 at 3:09 pm

The Paramount Theatre is the setting for a new album by singer-songwriter Ruthie Brown. Details here

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