The Paramount Theatre
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The Paramount Theatre has stood on Congress Avenue in the heart of downtown Austin for nearly 100 years. The site of the Paramount Theatre was once home to Sam Houstons office and the War Department of the Republic of Texas and later the Avenue Hotel. As Austins oldest surviving theatre built in 1915, the Paramount has a long history of entertaining Central Texas audiences.
Originally conceived as a Vaudeville and variety house, it continues to bring a wide array of programming to its stage. The Paramount presents comedy, drama, music, dance, spoken word, childrens programming and films to more than 200,000 Central Texans each year. More than 10,000 of those are children who gain admission for free or at greatly reduced prices because of our youth outreach programs.
The Paramount holds special historical significance as a City of Austin Landmark and State Landmark. It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the few remaining hemp houses, using ropes and sandbags, left in America.
The Paramount Theatre plays a significant role in the many communities that make Austin unique. It is home to Austins red carpet film premieres and is part of the SXSW and the Austin Film Festival. It is a vibrant player in the Austin music scene, hosting release parties, booking local talent and presenting touring acts. And through its own quality programming and by serving as a venue for area arts organizations, the Paramount serves as the anchor for the Austin arts community.
The Paramount currently operates along side the State Theatre next door under The Austin Theatre Alliance. This 501(c)(3) non-profit organization strives to bring the widest variety of entertainment to as many people as possible in its two historic theatres.
HISTORY ISN'T ALWAYS FOUND IN BOOKS.
SOMETIMES IT'S FOUND IN THE RAFTERS...
That's exactly what was discovered in the empty theatre as the stage was being cleaned. One inadvertent pull on some rigging slowly lowered into view the original 1915, hand-painted, asbestos fire curtain. It had been hanging, forgotten for over 50 years. In near perfect condition, its pastoral scene painted by Toomey and Volland in St. Louis is just one more story behind the history of the Paramount Theatre.
COME EXPERIENCE THE STORIES BEHIND THE HISTORY.
We will condense nearly 100 years down to 50 minutes. Built in 1915 and still operating today, you'll get the stories behind this historic variety and vaudeville house; its performers, history and a few ghost stories too. Note: Ghost appearances are up to their discretion.
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