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above the orchestra pit

chandelier

I went on a tour of the Paramount Theatre this Saturday morning.  It was a rare opportunity to bring a camera inside.

Built as a movie palace (with a gigantic organ to accompany show silent films), the Paramount  first opened in 1928, was eventually converted into full-blown theater, and restored and enhanced in the mid 1990s.

baroque spoken here

from the rear of the house

The tour climbed as high as the projection room (from which silent films continue to be occasionally projected while the Mighty Wurlitzer fills the 2,800-seat house)…

Sean's very own window!

… and as low as the floor beneath the stage.

The tour didn't go in there.

Lots more photos are posted here.

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