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The Paramount Theater (Official)
Previously operated by: Paramount-Publix
Architects: George W. Leslie Rapp
Firms: Rapp & Rapp
Functions: Movies, Performing Arts
Styles: French Renaissance, Greek Revival
Opened in 1931 by the Paramount-Publix circuit, the 1,300 seat Paramount Theater survived two fire scares before closing in 1974.
In 1992, a nonprofit organization led by concerned citizens purchased the theater. After a $16 million dollar restoration, the Paramount re-opened December 15, 2004, as a 1,100 seat performing arts center, with films returning as part of its programming. On December 5, 2015, the 33ft long vertical (blade) sign was refurbished and reinstalled on the front of the building. It was lit for the first time since the 1960’s.
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Tried to bring up the “ken mc” link posted on March 19, 2006, but no luck……thought it might show that entrance!
I had trouble with the Webshots link, too. Does the photo show the former entrance with the ticket kios?
I don’t remember the theatre to be outfitted for surround sound, the screening of ‘Terra’ at this year’s Virginia Film Festival was impressive both visually and aurally.
saw the Guy Pearce/Katie Holmes horror film ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’ at the Virginia Film Festival last Saturday at the Paramount – and wow, the presentation was Digital projection and the image was stunning, dark inky blacks, ultra-sharp and eye popping color – however the real treat was the amazing 5.1 soundmix. With the theatre being ultra wide, the surround speakers really threw the sound all around you, in the film, the tiny creatures that inhabit under the mansion, get loose and start running inside the walls, when they talk to the little girl their voices literally pop all around the audience, it was both creepy and very effective.
“REEFER MADNESS” plays on a Late Show and management warns in the Newspaper ad"management requests no drugs in the theatre.this protects everyone from the likihood of a drug bust".I have worked Hundreds of Midnight shows back in the real Midnight movie business,no ever thought to place such a warning in the movie ad". this on Dec.6 1972.
Was this theatre ever equipped with an organ? Photos from 2011:
Facade, Rear of auditorium, Stage
Thanks for the photos Jack.
1959 photograph added, photo credit Ed Roseberry.
More vintage pics of the Paramount in this link.
Funeral service held here today for the victim of neo-nazi violence.