Final movie showings for Paramount Theatre revealed

Portion of proceeds from ticket sales to March 25 to 28 screenings to benefit Kids Help Phone charity.

  • Mar. 16, 2016 11:00 a.m.

Orson Welles in a scene from his classic movie The Thin Man.

Landmark Cinemas Canada will mark the closing of its Paramount Theatre in Kelowna with a selection of special presentations from March 25 to 28.

A portion of proceeds from tickets sales for that weekend will also be donated to Kids Help Phone.

The Paramount Theatre opened its doors in June 1949, and was acquired by Landmark Cinemas of Canada in 1987. In a nod to its storied movie-past, the films to be screened on the last weekend will include two movies from 1949—Orson Welles’ The Third Man and Abbott & Costello’s Africa Screams; from 1987 Harry and Hendersons and the original Beverly Hills Cop.

Ticket prices for these special presentations are $3, with $1 from each ticket sold will go to Kids Help Phone.

Batman vs. Superman will be also be presented during the theatre’s closing weekend at current posted admission pricing.

There’s no question that movie-lovers in Kelowna, and surrounding communities, possess a special Paramount Theatre moment – from first dates, to first kisses, and of course unforgettable movie moments,” said Neil Campbell, president and CEO of Landmark Cinemas Canada.

“We wanted to rekindle those memories as we prepare to dim the lights for the last time. We extend our ‘thanks’ to the thousands of Kelowna and area movie-lovers that we have had the privilege to entertain since we began operating the Paramount in 1987.

“We also extend our best wishes to Ronmor Developments, the owners of the Paramount, as they embark on the changes that will ensure that the Paramount building remains a vital part of the downtown Kelowna streetscape.”

It is important that we continue our local community connection by giving back to a worthy cause,” added Bill Walker, chief operating officer of Landmark Cinemas. “So, although the curtain is coming down on the Paramount, we remain committed to serving not only Kelowna’s movie-lovers at our Grand 10, Xtreme 8, and Encore West Kelowna theatre locations but to assisting community organizations such as Kids Help Phone.”

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