1700 Main Street,
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Built in 1926, at a cost of over $1 million, the Paramount Theater, was the most ornate theate in Western Massachusetts in its glory days as a picture palace.
It remained a movie theater until the 1960’s when it began to find sporadic use as a mixed center for movies, concerts and live performances. The theater was also once run by Western Massachusetts Theatres which at one time owned almost all of the single screen palaces in the area including the Rivoli, Calvin, bing, and others.
It was not until 1999 that the theater had a stable operator again, when it was purchased, restored, and converted into a lavish night club and performace space. The main floors seats were removed, but the 1,100 balcony seats were retained and restored. The theater underwent a $1.3 million makeover and was reopened as the Hippodrome Theater. The original organ is due to be restored in the future and the marquee was also been changed to reflect the new name.
The Hippodrome Theater, after years of sitting alone as Springfield continued to wither, is back. In 2009, it was renamed Paramount Theater and is under renovation. It reopened April 7, 2010 after renovations and the installation of a new sprinkler system. Sadly it has hardly been used since 2011.
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