Hormel Historic Home: Paramount Theatre opened the era of atmospheric theatres in Austin
5/21/2010 7:36:52 PM
Six of Austin’s top attractions will be hosting a free Family Fun Day on June 12: the Paramount Theatre, the SPAM Museum, the Mower County Historical Society, the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center, the Hormel Institute and the Hormel Historic Home.
Details are below about Family Fun Day. Here is a brief history of the Paramount Theatre, taken from their web site at www.paramounttheatre.org.
The Paramount Theatre opened on September 14, 1929 as Austin’s first run movie theatre with a great parade. Telegrams were sent out throughout the town to announce the opening. The Paramount was built as an atmospheric theatre — which means that when you enter you are transported to a different time and place. Imagine a quaint Spanish Villa under the stars of a twilight blue sky. Imagine reds, burnt oranges, maroons, deep greens.
This is the only one of four in the state of Minnesota and the only one outside of the Twin Cities to be used as originally intended.