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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The Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia performs “Pops at the Paramount” on Saturday, June 3, 7:30pm, at the historic Paramount Theater on Charlottesville’s Downtown Pedestrian Mall. Guest Conductor Erin Freeman conducts the orchestra in a blockbuster program titled Summer Lovin’ that includes Leroy Anderson’s “Last Rose of... more