5405 Hohman Avenue,
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Architects: Louis C. Hess
Paramount-Publix opened the Paramount Theatre on August 2, 1930 with Jack Oakie in “The Social Lion”. It was located just a couple blocks up Hohman Avenue from the grandiose Parthenon Theatre, and could seat almost 2,000.
Though not as ornate as the Parthenon Theatre or the State Theatre, the Paramount Theatre was nonetheless just as popular, and featured not just motion pictures but live stage shows, as late as the mid-1950’s.
The Paramount Theatre featured its own house orchestra, as well as an army of ushers and uniformed doormen who greeted patrons like royalty.
Over the years, many celebrities graced the Paramount Theatre’s stage, among them, Minnie Pearl, Pat Boone, and the Benny Goodman Band.
After falling into disrepair, the Paramount Theatre was shuttered in 1981, and has since been razed, recently replaced by Hammond’s brand-new Federal Courthouse Building.
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