301 S. Front Street,
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Paramount Cinema - Fremont (Official)
Previously operated by: Paramount Pictures Inc.
Architects: Alvin M. Strauss
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Paramount Theatre
The Paramount Theatre was opened November 14, 1931. I remember the Paramount Theatre being a single screen up to November 26, 1986 when a second screen was added. Sometime in the 1990’s, it was changed to a multiplex. Three more screens were added. The main auditorium is split into three screens. The big screen is the biggest partition with two smaller partitions with smaller screens. The fourth screen is a converted beauty parlor that was located adjacent to the cinema.
The fourth screen is a joke. It is about as big as your average big screen TV. It has maybe four rows of seats. It is best avoided.
The two smaller screens of the main auditorium is OK. They still use an old sound system which sounded lousy 10 years ago. The sound system bleeds into the adjacent screens.
The large screen is the best. It has the best system. It had to be upgraded in order for the cinema to show “Star Wars I: Phantom Menace”. It some what resembles the days old since it still has the high ceiling with Art Deco work. It still has many rows of seats for that old time feel, some what.
Since I am from a small town, I can only guess that Fremont’s Paramount Cinema was built late in the hey day of the movie palaces, maybe, in the late-1930’s. After all, Fremont is 40 miles from Toledo, Ohio which had at least six or seven movie palaces downtown during the time period.
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