Paramount Joe - Paramount Arts Center

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Originally called the Paramount Theatre and opened in 1931, the Paramount Arts Center is said to be haunted by a ghost locals call Paramount Joe. According to Joe’s legend, as the theater was being built, four workmen were in the auditorium. Three went to lunch, and when they came back, they found the fourth dead, hanging from the curtain rigging. Joe is said to make himself known by cold drafts, missing objects, strange sounds, and on occasion an apparition.

Folks at the center have many stories about Joe, one of which involves country star Billy Ray Cyrus, who filmed his “Achy Breaky Heart” video there. Billy Ray was said to have chatted with Joe and gotten his advice during breaks. When he left, Billy Ray gave autographed posters to all the female staff, and also left one for Joe. All the posters were hung on the wall, as was the custom of the center. But as time went on and more and more autographed posters filled the wall, staff were asked to remove their Billy Ray ones, since there were so many, all alike. None of the staff wanted to remove theirs, so instead they removed Joe’s. The next day, so the stories go, all the other Billy Ray posters were strewn about the floor, many with their frames shattered as if someone wiped them all off the walls. Now, Paramount Joe’s Billy Ray poster hangs in a special place in the building, in what is now Paramount Joe’s Rising Star Café.

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Geographic Information

Address:
1300 Winchester Ave
Ashland, KY 41101
United States

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GPS:
38.4801047, -82.64293420000001
County:
Boyd County, Kentucky
Nearest Towns:
Ashland, KY (0.3 mi.)
Westwood, KY (1.5 mi.)
Coal Grove, OH (1.6 mi.)
Bellefonte, KY (2.7 mi.)
Ironville, KY (3.1 mi.)
Russell, KY (3.9 mi.)
Ironton, OH (4.5 mi.)
Flatwoods, KY (5.0 mi.)
South Point, OH (5.3 mi.)
Catlettsburg, KY (5.7 mi.)

Contact Information

Web:
http://www.paramountartscenter.com/

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  1. Rebecca Madfox  |  

    Joe does visit the coffee house often. I work in there. I can fell cold around me from time to time. He also was out in the lobby area once when a school show was over. I was on the stairs and saw both the inter lobby doors open then the outer lobby does open . Staff said the wind does that sometimes. I said I don’t think so because my hair didn’t move.

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