Sunday, November 4, 2007

Talking Pictures

The Paramount Theater was opened in 1932 and was the only move theater in Boston (at the time, obviously) devoted exclusively to talking pictures. It was closed in 1976 and still sits abandoned today. But not for long! In 2002 the facade was fancied up and the sign cleaned and repaired by Millennium Partners, in exchange for permission to complete their Ritz-Carlton Towers project next door. Now the Paramount is being renovated by Emerson College! They'll be tearing up the interior of the theater (with the exception of the lobby which they have promised to restore to its original glory) to create some live performance space, so no more movies but at least it'll be put to good use.

This is an area of the city that has come a long way in recent years and this type of project (which includes renovations to an adjoining building and the parking lot across the street) is exactly the type of thing that will continue to push it in a good direction.

2 comments:

Gail's Man said...

Good for them. It's always a shame when they knock old buildings down, because people have no imagination over how to make use of them.

Lynette said...

What great news! In my hometown of Jackson, Mississippi, I viewed many movies at the Paramount which used to be on Capitol Street--it's long gone now. Thanks for the photo!