Paramount Center for the Arts
1008 Brown Street,
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Opened on June 17, 1930 by Paramount Theatres Inc., the theater was designed as a first run movie house, with seating for 1,485.
After 28 years, the building was sold in 1958 amid hard times for ticket sales. No one was able to resurrect the Paramount Theater to its former glories and the theater closed in 1977 and was turned over to the city of Peekskill.
The theater was reopened briefly in 1979 for performances with a medium degree of success. The theater closed again and was renovated for its second encore in 1981 following a strong grassroots campaign to save the old Paramount Theater.
The theater has remained open and vibrant during the 1980’s, 1990’s and into this century. It is still run by a non-profit organization that uses the proceeds to further improve the theater and its prospects for the future.
The Paramount Center for the Arts was closed down by the city on October 4, 2012, until a new operator can be found.
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