Paramount Pictures built this grand all-talking movie palace in 1930, and more than 75 years later it's still a prime destination for entertainment. The seats, stage, and concession stand have recently been restored to their former glory. Come here for performances by artists like Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Art Garfunkel, Styx, and movies with live accompaniment.
Forget Caroline's and Dangerfield's. Who wants to trek into the city when the best names in comedy come to us? Specifically, to the Paramount Center for the Arts, the haven of hilarity where heavyweight comics do their stand-up when they're in town. Recent big-name jokesters to take the stage include George Carlin, Lisa Lampanelli, members of Second City, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart's Lewis Black, who once gave us a 24-hour stomachache from making us laugh too hard.
When Paramount Pictures built this grand all-talking movie palace in 1930, it never would have guessed that, one day, the likes of Chuck Berry, the Marshall Tucker Band, and Todd Rundgren would be rocking from its stage 75 years later. When the biggest names in rock and pop come to play the county, they come here. And it's one of the only venues in the county to showcase hip-hop artists, as seen in June's four-day-long Hip-Hop Symposium, featuring performances by MCs, dance showcases, films on hip-hop culture, and a related visual-art exhibit. Now that the seats, stage, concession stand, and signs have all been refurbished to its former glory, there's no better place to catch those rock, pop, and hip-hop acts.