Paramount Theatre Building

145 N. County Rd., Palm Beach, Florida


Paramount Theatre

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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Built as a movie theatre just before the advent of talking films, it is one of the last theatres built especially for silent movies. However, its architect, the Viennese Joseph Maria Urban, a noted theatre architect and stage designer, saw to it that the theatre was acoustically suited to the musical accompaniment of silent films, to which purpose he had installed a large pipe organ, as well as to the sound of live stage performances. These acoustics of the house would serve also the talking picture, of whose impending approach Urban was well aware. Entered on National Register 12/12/73. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS FL-230)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 12, 1973
Reference number
Areas of significance
Architecture; Performing Arts
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Multiple dwelling; Auditorium; Specialty store
Current functions
Professional; Specialty store; Multiple dwelling
Period of significance
Significant year

Update Log 

  • December 28, 2011: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger