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Brooklyn’s Iconic Paramount Theatre Is All Set To Reopen In March

Brooklyn Paramount Theatre is a 100-year-old theatre that has served as an entertainment hub for people.

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A century-old entertainment hub, Brooklyn Paramount, is coming back in action this March. Photo: Brooklyn Paramount/X
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Fort Greene's iconic Brooklyn Paramount Theatre, a century-old gem, is set to reopen as a vibrant music venue next month following an extensive restoration project. The grand opening season kicks off on March 27, featuring over 45 shows with renowned artists like Busta Rhymes, PinkPantheress, Norah Jones, and Mariah The Scientist, as announced by Live Nation. The restoration project meticulously preserved the theater's opulent Baroque features, including its intricate latticework ceiling and original plaster statues, while introducing modern upgrades such as a new stage, state-of-the-art backstage facilities, seven bars, and an exclusive VIP lounge.

Inaugurated in 1928, the Brooklyn Paramount Theatre served as a dynamic entertainment hub, hosting both movies and live music performances. However, in 1962, Long Island University (LIU) took over the venue, converting it into a gymnasium and removing its stage. Despite these alterations, LIU retained the theater's breathtaking ceiling and repurposed its upper levels for academic purposes.

This restoration project not only breathes new life into the historic venue but also offers contemporary artists the opportunity to grace the same stage once frequented by legendary icons like Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Duke Ellington, and Frank Sinatra. The meticulously preserved Baroque details, coupled with modern enhancements such as a sloped floor for optimal viewing, seven bars for convenience, and an exclusive VIP lounge inspired by Ella Fitzgerald's intimate performances, promise an unparalleled experience for concertgoers.

Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso praised the reopening, stating, "The historic Brooklyn Paramount's revival is a testament to Brooklyn's thriving arts scene." The restoration project, which spanned five years and employed over 500 local workers, will create more than 250 permanent jobs, with Live Nation also offering internships and part-time positions to LIU students interested in the music industry.

"We are thrilled to collaborate with Long Island University to usher in a new chapter for the Brooklyn Paramount," said David Codiga, President of Blueprint Studio at Live Nation. "Ensuring an exceptional experience for artists and fans alike remains our top priority, and we believe the Brooklyn Paramount will host many unforgettable performances in the years to come."

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