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According to a short item in the weekly travel section of The New York Times, the newly reopened Paramount is “An Art Deco marvel with wild neon lights, offering ballroom dancing and an atmosphere that is a throwback to the 1930’s”. Elsewhere, I found that the Paramount Theatre is the work of Chinese architect Yang Ximiao.
The theatre opened in 1932, and was followed a year later by the debut of a separate Paramount Ballroom in the same building. After WWII, the Communist government took control and changed the name to Hongdu (Red Capital) Cinema. By the 1990’s, the decaying building seemed destined for demolition, but it was finally purchased by Taiwanese entrepeneur Zhao Shichong, who has been restoring it to its former glory.
More information about the Paramount Theatre’s history, including the seating capacity, would be appreciated.
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