Paramount celebrates 17 years since reopening

posted by Michael Zoldessy on April 25, 2008 at 8:05 am

BRISTOL, TN — The Paramount Center for the Arts is celebrating 17 years since its renovations and subsequent name change as it looks forward to even more exciting times.

Wow, how time flies. It has now been 17 years since the refurbished Paramount Center for the Arts reopened with a grand gala featuring hometown hero Tennessee Ernie Ford.
Bristol’s old “Paramount Theatre” was reborn on April 24, 1991 as the “Paramount Center for the Arts.” Talk about a transformation: The rebirth marked the reopening of a place that had sat vacant for 14 years. What was once a movie theater became a performing arts center, said Merle Dickert, the Paramount’s executive director.


(Thanks to John Erickson for providing the photo.)

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Comments (4)

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on April 25, 2008 at 10:55 am


This is a new one on me.

Great building. has some photos of the interior.

KJB2012 on April 28, 2008 at 10:36 am

Glad to see the marquee was restore to it’s original.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 8, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Good work,Bristol,Tn.

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