Opened in 1928 as the Capitol Theatre, what is today the Paramount was a stage for live shows with singers, comedians, dancers, acrobats, the Wurlitzer organ and films. the theater hosted some of the all-time great artists such as Willie Nelson, B.B. King and many others. It was designed as an opulent palace, with a "Hall of Mirrors" like the one in Versailles, valuable oil paintings, sculptures, extravagant furniture and many other treasures.
In 1929 it was bought and renamed by Paramount Studios. After being severely damaged by a flood, the theatre was extensively renovated and reopened in 2012. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Paramount Theatre is one of only 300 movie palaces still left in the States. Today the theatre hosts concerts, corporate meetings, fundraisers, a Broadway Series and dance recitals. The Paramount is home to the Orchestra Iowa and the Cedar Rapids Area Theater Organ Society.
123 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401, Phone: 319-398-5211
Photo: Paramount Theatre
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