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The Paramount Theatre (Official)
Architects: George W. Leslie Rapp
Firms: Rapp & Rapp
Previous Names: Paramount Arts Centre
News About This Theater
- Aug 21, 2006 — Memories of the Paramount Theatre
Designed by the famed Chicago architectural firm of Rapp & Rapp, the Aurora Paramount Theatre opened to great fanfare on September 3, 1931, the first air-conditioned movie palace opened outside of Chicago in Illinois. The Paramount Theatre was built in an unusual but stunning hybrid of Art Deco and the firm’s traditional style choice of French Renaissance.
After delighting generations of Aurorans with not only its screen perfomances, but vaudeville, concerts, and even the circus; the Paramount Theatre closed in the mid-1970’s, but was almost immediately purchased by the Aurora Civic Centre Authority.
The theatre was given a $1.5 million restoration, transforming it back to its Art Deco grandeur. It reopened in 1978, as the Paramount Arts Centre, and has since been a very popular venue in Aurora for concerts, dance and family programming.
In 2002, the theater underwent a managment change in the hopes of attracting even more crowds to the former Art Deco movie palace. Its name was also changed to reflect a more entertainment-based approach and became, once again, the Paramount Theatre. From December 2011, the Paramount Theatre began screening classic movies on Monday evenings.
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