Renovated Boston Paramount set to reopen in March

posted by CSWalczak on February 10, 2010 at 10:55 am

BOSTON, MA — College officials won’t say how many millions it cost, but the Paramount Theater in Boston will be back in use soon. Emerson College has converted the 1932 Rapp & Rapp Paramount into a modern performing arts center that will anchor a revitalized Washington Street. Although slimmed down to about one-third of its original seating capacity, the main auditorium is very respectful of the original Art Deco design.

Emerson College spent two years and an undisclosed sum renovating the Paramount and the adjoining Arcade Building at 555 Washington St. into a state-of-the-art performance center.

(While Emerson would not talk dollars, the Boston Redevelopment Authority estimated in 2006 the project would cost about $77 million.)

“It means a lot to our city,” said Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who held his fifth-term inaugural party there Jan. 4.

There’s much more, including a slide show, in the Boston Herald.

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Comments (4)

RayKaufman on February 10, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Too Bad. The article is more than 7 days old and now is pay-per-view archived. The Herald must be one of the fastest to archive arts around.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 10, 2010 at 1:40 pm

If you can’t access the Boston Herald photos anymore, go to the Paramount’s page here in CT and scroll down to near the bottom where there is a link to an Emerson College 5-minute video tour of the new theater and adjacent spaces. Emerson did a very high-quality refurbishment on the old junky rundown Paramount.

CSWalczak on February 10, 2010 at 2:11 pm

The photo slideshow still seems to be accessible without charge at the site.

TLSLOEWS on March 3, 2010 at 6:47 pm

At least it has reopened.

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