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Retro Rewind - Posted March 28, 2014 noon
photo from Amarillo Public Library archives

Paramount Theater

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From its opening in 1932 to the day it closed in 1975, the Paramount Theater was one of the most important entertainment attractions in Amarillo, and the heart of the downtown district. Located at the south end of Polk Street, it was the place to go for an elegant night out, with an art deco design, a highly visible marquee, ornate chandeliers, and even an electric pipe organ. In this photo, a group of people dressed as sailors call attention to the April opening of the 1936 Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers film “Follow the Fleet,” which featured their iconic duet “Let’s Face the Music and Dance.”

by Jason Boyett

Jason is a journalist, copywriter, ghostwriter, and the author of more than a dozen books. His most recent is “12 World Religions: The Beliefs, Rituals, and Traditions of Humanity's Most Influential Faiths”, published by Zephyros Press. Learn more at
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