Our Mission

The mission of the historic nonprofit Paramount Theater is to educate, enchant, enrich, and enlighten through the power of the arts by providing high-quality programming and accessibility for the artistic, educational, and charitable benefit of our entire community while driving economic vitality for Charlottesville, Albemarle, and the Central Virginia region.

Educate.  The Arts Education Program serves approximately 15,000 students and teachers every year. In addition to the regular school-day performances, some of the Arts Education productions offer public performances to serve the community at large. The Paramount’s family programming is dedicated to providing high-quality, meaningful options for the youth and students of our community.

Enchant. The Paramount has hosted hundreds of world-renowned artists throughout its history ranging from classical superstars such as Joshua Bell and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields to dynamic icons like Diana Ross. The Paramount plays an integral role in the arts infrastructure of our community and is the only nonprofit venue devoted to the diverse presentation of many high-caliber art forms ranging from music, to dance, comedy, film, and more.

Enrich. The Paramount offers enriching programs that complement the regular performances and programs provide in-depth insights for the inquisitive audience. Programs range from pre-show lectures, master classes with artists, and panel discussions. These are important elements of the Arts Education Program as well.

Enlighten. The Paramount hosts a wide array of artists and speakers to offer new perspectives. In addition, fellow Virginia artists, local nonprofit organizations, and arts festivals utilize the venue to present programs such as the Virginia Film Festival, Charlottesville Opera, and more.


Further our mission. The Paramount relies on support from individuals, corporations, and foundations to extend our mission into the community. Please consider supporting our efforts today.

Charlottesville's Crown Jewel Since 1931

Our History

The masterfully restored Paramount Theater remains the performing arts and cultural epicenter envisioned by the prominent architects Rapp & Rapp who designed the theater in 1931.  The crown jewel of downtown, our community has gathered within these walls to share laughter, tears, ideas, and inspiration. Throughout its rich history, it has been saved by the wrecking ball, hosted countless artists, and welcomed generation after generation of area families.


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