The historic Paramount Theater a Charlottesville landmark built in 1931 offers a wide variety of live art performances. Check their website for performance schedule.
On November 25, 1931, The Paramount Theater of Charlottesville, Virginia opened its doors as one of the last grand "movie palaces" during the golden age of cinema. With its exceptional sight lines and astounding acoustics, The Paramount Theater became a landmark and an integral part of Central Virginia's community life over the next four decades.
Designed by the Chicago architectural firm of Rapp & Rapp, and built by Percival Hunter Faulconer and Hollis Rinehart, The Paramount Theater was contextual to the community, an homage to Thomas Jefferson in his hometown. The art deco style, typical of 1930s movie theaters, was abandoned. The Paramount boasts a stately Georgian façade, elegant lobby, magnificent chandeliers, classical seat decoration, 18th-century style colonial scenes painted on silk panels and an ornate auditorium.
The Paramount thrived through the depression era finally closing its doors on June 30, 1974. It is the last historical Paramount Theater still standing in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Located at the very heart of Charlottesville's Downtown Mall, The Paramount Theater was threatened with demolition in the late 80s and early 90s, by developers who planned to build a parking garage or retail/office building on its site.
In 1992, a group of community leaders purchased The Paramount Theater and founded The Paramount Theater, Inc. Following eighteen months of renovation and expansion, the fully restored Paramount Theater now once again welcomes the public for host of national acclaimed performance through the year.
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Join us for the Season 8 premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead, broadcast live on the Big Screen at The Paramount! This event is FREE to attend and concessions will be available for purchase throughout the broadcast. Pre-registration is encouraged. AMC’s pre-season synopsis is in! Read below for all that Season 8 promises: “Last season, Rick Grimes... more
TEDxCHARLOTTESVILLE RETURNS THE PARAMOUNT THEATER WHAT: Following the success of sell-out events in the past four years, the all-volunteer committee as part of TEDxCharlottesville and Starr Hill Presents, in partnership with CFA Institute and the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, will present another dynamic program as part of the... more
THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED BEST OF BOTH WORLDS DANCE AND STEP COMPETITION RETURNS TO THE PARAMOUNT THEATER FOR ITS 12th YEAR The 12th Annual Best of Both Worlds Dance and Step Competition returns to Charlottesville, Virginia’s historical Paramount Theater on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 3p.m. This is the 12th annual competition which produces a fusion... more
The Biggest Comedy Show Returns to the Paramount Theater on November 4, 2017, The United Nations of Comedy The United Nations of Comedy Tour returns to The Paramount Theater on Saturday, November 4, 2017. This tour features national comedians as seen on NBC's Last Comic Standing, Showtime, HBO, Ellen, Comedy Central, Comic View, TV shows,... more
- Address: 215 East Main Street
- Location: Paramount Theater
- Dates: December 6, 2017
Categories: Arts, Books, Family, Performing Arts
The beloved childrens’ stories Guess How Much I Love You by author Sam McBratney and illustrator Anita Jeram & I Love My Little Storybook by Anita Jeram come to life on The Paramount’s stage in Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s delightful adaptation for our youngest audience members and those young at heart. This whimsical menagerie showcases... more
The Opulence of Integrity is a theatrical, multimedia ensemble work influenced by the public life and inner searching of boxing’s outspoken superstar, Muhammad Ali. Inspired by Ali’s career as a boxer and life as a social activist, public martyr, and human being, choreographer Christal Brown deploys her eclectic movement vernacular that includes... more