2002 Photo from the Konrad Schiecke collection.
23 E Galena St|
|Record #9877 |
Opened: September 3, 1931|
Capacity: 1895 seats|
Architect(s): Rapp & Rapp
Architectural Style(s): French Renaissance; Art Deco
National Register: 1980
Current Organ: none
| Also Known As: Paramount Arts Centre|
| Previously operated by: Publix Great States Theatres, Plitt Theatres|
Information for this tour was contributed by Konrad Schiecke.
Designed by Rapp & Rapp and built for a million dollars, the Paramount Theatre opened on September 3, 1931, on the site of the burned down Rialto. The theater originally had 2016 seats and a unique park setting, located west of the entrance. It had rock gardens, waterfalls, trees, shrubs, flowering plants and rustic seats. The theater was purchased by City of Aurora and reopened as an Arts Centre in 1976 after a $1,500,000 restoration. The Art Deco/Venetian landmark -- now the home of the Fox Valley Symphony -- was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 18, 1980.
Photos remain the property of the Member and may not be reproduced without the written consent of the Member.
June 2003 photos from the Ken Roe collection.
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April 2002 photos from the Konrad Schiecke collection.
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