Sony Columbus Circle
15 Columbus Circle,
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Previously operated by: Loew's Inc., Paramount Pictures Inc.
Firms: Carson, Lundin & Shaw
Previous Names: Paramount Theatre, Loew's Paramount Theatre, Loew's Columbus Circle
Nestled under the base of the former Gulf & Western Building which was the home of Paramount Pictures at the corner of Manhattan’s Columbus Circle, it featured mostly high profile films and Academy Award nominated features. The Paramount Theatre was opened on June 24, 1970 with “Catch 22”. It was taken over by Loew’s in 1981.
Before it closed on March 30, 1995, it screened the film “Forrest Gump” which had stayed there for months.
The building above was sold to real estate mogul Donald Trump who converted it to a hotel and tower today. The theatre was the first to go – it was completely removed and is now an underground parking garage in the basement of the hotel. Today, there’s no sign that the theatre ever existed.
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Oddly, my usual steel-trap memory recalls nothing innovative about the auditorium at all. Of course, I was only there once, and it was a long time ago; yet I remember everything else about that evening as if it were yesterday.
As a teenager in the 80’s, I considered this weird venue a fun place to catch a flick. I have a vague memory of a spiral escalator transporting you downstairs? I didn’t visit often, but I remember going for Making Mr. Right.
I saw The Breakfast club there, it was one of my favorites….
20 years ago today Forrest Gump came out at this theater and others.
I went to see Tootsie on opening day & saw Dustin Hoffman when I was leaving. I do remember the winding staircase. It was nice.
They ran “Star Trek – The Motion Picture” in this theater back in 1979. On a advance-ticket, reserved seat engagement, despite the film opening in 400 other theaters nationwide (including 40-50 in the N.Y. metro area) on the same day – December 7, 1979. After eight weeks, when most theaters dropped the film, the Paramount still ran it. On a general admission basis, though.
Was this film shown in 70mm dolby stereo or just 35mm?
I saw the Blue Lagoon there and it may have been a 70MM print
Please update, theatre closed on March 30, 1995
Because of vibration from adjacent subway lines the auditorium was built on springs or big rubber shock absorbers.