Outstanding Historic Theatre

2017 Outstanding Historic Theatre Award Winner

The Paramount Theater of Charlottesville, Inc., Charlottesville, VA

The The 1931 Paramount Theater of Charlottesville, Virginia took home the 2017 Outstanding Historic Theatre Award during the League of Historic American Theatres' (LHAT) 41st Annual Conference, the largest gathering of historic theatre professionals in the nation. The conference took place in downtown Los Angeles just blocks away from one of the nation's largest collection of historic theatres. The event was attended by nearly 300 historic theatre operators and service providers from across the country.

"The Paramount Charlottesville stood out among an impressive list of nominations to claim the award this year," said Ken Stein, LHAT President and CEO, as he presented the award to the Paramount's Executive Director, Chris Eure. The Outstanding Historic Theatre Award is given each year by LHAT to a historic theatre that has demonstrated excellence in community impact, quality of programs and services, and quality of physical restoration. The Paramount Charlottesville first opened in 1931. Created by Chicago architectural firm Rapp & Rapp, architects of The Paramount-Publix chain and its flagship theater in New York City's Times Square, Charlottesville's Paramount was part of the golden age of cinema.

The Paramount remained Charlottesville's crown jewel until 1974 when its doors closed for nearly 40 years.

"The amazing restoration that reopened the Paramount in 2004 stands as a model in the industry," Stein reports. "The community of Charlottesville should be very proud of the Paramount's accomplishments."