Paramount Theatre/Boston, MA

The Associated Press State & Local Wire
March 6, 2010 Saturday

Historic Boston movie theater reopening
DATELINE: BOSTON

A historic Boston movie theater that fell into disrepair after closing in 1976 is finally reopening.

The Paramount Theatre reopens Saturday as a state-of-the-art performing arts center after a $92 million renovation project by Emerson College.

The 180,000-square foot art deco facility that dates to 1932 features a 600-seat main theater. It also has a smaller black-box theater, a screening room, rehearsal space, living quarters, classrooms and offices.

The first performance in the new facility will be by Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester, hosted by Celebrity Series of Boston.

Director Robert Orchard tells The Boston Globe he plans to partner with U.S. and international companies to present theater, dance, and music performances.

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