Our Paramount Theater first opened it’s doors Thanksgiving Eve 1931. These doors closed in 1974 and did not open again until December 15, 2004. The opening show was the legendary Tony Bennett and I was there. He was spectacular! And the most impressive point in the evening was him standing alone on the stage encircled in a cool white spotlight, no musicians or microphone accompanying him. Mr. Bennett crooned one of his ballads to demonstrate for the audience the acoustic perfection of our auditorium. He actually called our venue a jewel. I was mesmerized with his performance that night and still find the grandeur of the Paramount quite thrilling each time I enter these doors. Beyond these faceted glass doors lies a jewel, one of many here in historic Charlottesville.
The 33 ft. Blade sign was reconstructed to match its former electric beauty and was restored December 15, 2014, marking the conclusion to the Paramount’s restoration.
My response to Norm 2.0’s photo challenge, Thursday Doors.