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Paramount Bar – Suffolk Place / Beak Street

Paramount - Suffolk Place

Paramount - Suffolk Place

Opened by Edward Fewtrell a year before selling-up to Ansell’s Leisure, Paramount was a single-room bar around the corner from Edward’s and Boogies in the heart of the John Bright Street nightclub and bar scene of the 1980s.

Subject to an intervention from Paramount Studios over the name, the bar proved quite a popular venue on a Friday and Satruday night and the empty warehouse above it was cleared and turned into Goldwyn’s nightclub a year after opening.

The photograph above shows the the building that housed both Goldwyn’s and Paramount:  the entrance to the former being where the black roller shutter us seen to the left and the Paramount entrance to the right of the building on the corner of Suffolk Place and Beak Street with the DJ console being immediately to the right as you entered – the bar being ahead down a short flight of stairs and along the left of the venue.

I never had much involvement with Paramount at all during my time working for Mr Fewtrell and Ansell’s Leisure so haven’t got anything of interest to add.  All I recall was that the manageress was called Vanessa during the late 1980s!


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