The Paramount Theater
The majestic Paramount in downtown Denver is one of the few survivors from the “glory days” of the cinema, when Denver boasted scores of impressive theaters. Designed by Temple Buell and constructed in the heyday of motion pictures, the theater opened in August of 1930. Like Americans throughout the United States, Denverites would find reprieve from the Great Depression by taking a few hours solace at the movies.
I personally attended many movies during the 1960’s at the Paramount. It was a impressive venue for a great night out in Denver, when traffic was still routed one-way down 16th Street, predating the mall. My wife recalls being in the theater in the 1960’s when Denver experienced a mild earthquake which could be felt while seated in the theater.
The Paramount continues to serve Denver today featuring musicians, new and old. Thankfully, unlike so many of the other grand movie houses in Denver, The Paramount was designated in the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
Concert Posters from the Paramount
(View 100’s of posters from Colorado’s concert venues here)