Anderson's Grand Opera house, east of the Grand Hotel, was dedicated in 1895. The Grand became the Granada Theater, hosting vaudeville acts, during the Depression and finally the Starland movie theater. The building was razed in the early 1950s.
In this view of Anderson' s Meridian Street, taken from Twelfth and Meridian, three movie theaters--the Times, the Rivieria and the Paramount--are visible. Less than a block south is the State Theater.
The Paramount Theater opened in August 1929. Today it is still in operation as a special events venue. The streets are decorated for Christmas, as the hanging garlands show. In the background, the WHBU tower can be seen.