Rutland Paramount Theatre

Rutland, VT

Opened: 1914, restored 1999

Seats: 850

www.paramountvt.org

The Playhouse Theatre was built by George T. Chaffee with an exterior in classical style and an interior typical of a Victorian opera house. The house transitioned primarily to motion pictures in 1931 and was renamed the Paramount Theatre. Facing dwindling audiences, the theatre closed in 1975 and sat dormant until 1985 when Center on the Alley, Inc. was formed to purchase the theatre for use as a performing arts center. The adjoining Richardson Block building was purchased in 1995 and the architectural firm of Nimtz - Berryhill - Figiel developed the plan to unite the two buildings to supply modern amenities. Restoration was completed in early 2000 and the theatre reopened in March 2000. (12/08/2001)

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There are roughly three New Yorks. There is, first, the New York of the man or woman who was born there, who takes the city for granted and accepts its size, its turbulence as natural and inevitable. Second, there is the New York of the commuter — the city that is devoured by locusts each day and spat out each night. Third, there is New York of the person who was born somewhere else and came to New York in quest of something... Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness, natives give it solidity and continuity, but the settlers give it passion. (E.B. White)