The Worms that Walk
In the 1920s, two of the biggest names in entertainment came together, theater mogul W. S. Butterfield and architect John Eberson. Together they created a litany of classic theatres including the State Theatre in Kalamazoo, the Majestic in San Antonio, Texas Constellation, and Flint’s Paradise Theatre.
“The Paradise Theatre is an atmospheric type theatre whose interior design incorporates diverse Mediterranean architectural elements, executed on a grand scale. The Paradise Theatre is an outstanding example of 1920s theater architecture and one that epitomizes the atmospheric theatre concept of its architecture. The Paradise was the seventy-fourth theatre in the Butterfield Theatre chain. At it’s completion in 1928, it was Flint’s largest theatre and among Butterfield’s most lavish. The Paradise Theatre is significant for its direct association with two of America’s foremost innovators in theatre management and design and for its grandiose architectural character”.
The Paradise Theatre’s past and future destiny is truly a shrine of entertainment. This wonderful building has been recognized and is listed in the local, state, and national list of historic places. The Northwest Historic Preservation Foundation, under the direction of it’s new president, Henry Fisher, has taken a keen interest in this site, and has provide a substantial grant to see to its restoration. It will serve as one of the channels to the revitalization of downtown Flint.