Paramount Theatre
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See a Silent Movie with the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ
Since its grand opening in 1928 as a silent movie palace, the Paramount Theatre has seen plenty of history. Before “talkies” were invented, vaudeville and silent movies were the era’s most popular entertainment, and the venue (then known as the Seattle Theatre) was a dazzlingly luxurious destination. Over the years, it saw vaudeville revues and Broadway shows, Cinerama films and pop concerts. In 1995, after an extensive renovation that expanded the stage, restored the opulent plaster and gold-leaf decorations, and added updated sound and lighting, the Paramount reopened. In 2002, ownership was transferred to the nonprofit Seattle Theatre Group. Today, the Paramount hosts a busy calendar of dance, live concerts, speakers, comedy shows, and family entertainment. And yes, it still shows silent movies — the Silent Movie Mondays series plays classic films, accompanied by the original Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. (Photo courtesy of Seattle Theatre Group.)
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