Paramount to start showing first-run movies

Middletown’s Paramount Theatre expects to add first-run Hollywood movies to its programming in March.

Theater operator Nelson Page said they were firming up the schedule, and would have more details soon. He said he expects to start showing first-run movies in March, and that the theater would start to be open every day at this point.

“We’re very thrilled,” he said. “We’ll be showing (on) the largest screen in Orange County, and it’ll be with a $150,000 digital projector that will have state-of-the-art sound,” referring to the theater’s recent upgrade to digital projection, which was done with a $150,000 grant from Orange County. Page said the theater would continue to do live programming, too.

“It’ll be a nice mix-and-match of live and film,” he said.

The 1,100-seat theater, on South Street, opened in 1930. The city acquired it in the 1990s, and Page has been operating it since 2010. The theater has been expanding its programming since then; it will also host the Hoboken International Film Festival in about three months.

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