A Charlottesville Night Out at the Paramount
If you are looking for a night out in Charlottesville, there are plenty of entertaining options, including art, music, and no shortage of must-try restaurants. For all three, look no further than the Downtown Mall. It's there you will find Charlottesville’s much-loved Paramount Theatre.
The meticulously restored theatre is located right in downtown Charlottesville, offering a variety of events, performances and entertainment, assuring there is always something for every style and taste. The theatre also offers educational programs for children, teens and adults, making it even more of an asset to the Charlottesville community.
Situated in a city with so much history, the theatre itself is fashioned in a neoclassical style to evoke the early American style of Charlottesville’s own Thomas Jefferson. But, surrounded by so much history, it is only fitting that the Paramount Theatre has a history of its own. Created by the same architects who designed the flagship Paramount Theatre in Time Square, New York, the Paramount in Charlottesville remains a reminder of the ‘golden age’ of film. The Charlottesville theatre originally opened in 1931, thriving even in the face of the 1929 stock market crash. For over forty years, the Paramount served the Charlottesville community its weekly dose of entertainment until it closed in 1974.
After over a decade of restoration (a 16.2 million dollar project), which included returning the iconic marquee to its one-time glory, restoring the original theatre, and building new facilities to house the box office, ballroom and community rehearsals, the theatre finally reopened in 2004. Ten years later, it is a staple of the Charlottesville community – a reminder of where it has been and where it is going.
And now, the types of events showcased at the Paramount are diverse and wide-ranging, catering to all ages and interests with a special emphasis on building community. This past Sunday, The Richmond Symphony performed at the Paramount. But, before they took the stage, Charlottesville children were given the opportunity to handle the instruments and experience the unique sounds of each – hopefully inspiring children to pursue musical interests.
From plays to musical acts to film, the Paramount Theatre is always working to bring the best acts and entertainment to the Charlottesville community. February sees opera, folk music, a classic 80s film, Shakespearean tragedy, a stand-up comedian and a special airing of the Downton Abbey finale with a 1920s-style party twist. For more on what’s to come, check out the events calendar for all the Paramount has to offer Charlottesville and beyond.