Blast From the Past: Scotty McCreery

Four years after winning the world’s best-known singing competition, American Idol champion Scotty McCreery performed at The Paramount in 2015. He sang hits from his debut album, “Clear As Day,” as well as songs from his sophomore album, “See You Tonight.” The concert was certainly a treat for country music and American Idol fans alike.

We are diligently working to reschedule many of our events that have been interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These events contribute significantly toward our yearly operating budget, and we know that we will suffer a devastating loss of revenue as a local nonprofit theater. Please consider making a donation to The Paramount.

Photos by Rob Garland Photographers

National Geographic Live: Backstage

The show goes on with National Geographic Live: Backstage on Facebook Live!

For now, social distancing may prevent us from gathering for a special night out at the Theater. But we’re happy to bring the excitement and personal connection of National Geographic Live directly to you with a new and free Facebook Live series!

You’ll get the unique opportunity to meet National Geographic Explorers live from their homes. First up is underwater photographer Brian Skerry.

Going live from his home studio on the coast of Maine, Brian will reveal never-before-told stories from his expeditions and share what he’s learned about being courageous and resilient in the face of challenging times.

Facebook Live: Backstage with Brian Skerry Wednesday, April 29, at 1:00pm EDT. Tune in to watch on facebook.com/natgeolive.

Make sure you get your questions ready for a live Q&A!

Paramount Trivia Tuesday #2

Welcome back to another round of Trivia Tuesday with your host, Cade Wiberg, The Paramount’s Front of House Manager & Volunteer Coordinator! Watch the video to hear this week’s trivia questions, then leave your answers in the comments on our Facebook or Instagram post. The first person to answer ALL THREE questions correctly will win a free drink voucher. The contest will close at noon tomorrow (Wednesday) when we update this post with the answers and the winner. Good luck!

Update: See the answers below! You can find out who won by visiting our Facebook or Instagram pages.

1. What film is the center of The Paramount’s Annual Brew & Buddy Run? 
Answer: Elf
2. What Arrested Development alum has performed stand-up comedy in both 2016 and 2018 here at The Paramount?
Answer: David Cross
3. How many White Russians did The Paramount sell this year during our annual Big Lebowski screening? (Be the closest guesser without going over!)
Answer: 201

Digital Storytime: How Charlottesville Got Its Theater Back

Round up the littles – it’s storytime! Written by Jane Goodman and illustrated by Keith Damiani, the 2002 children’s story How Charlottesville Got Its Theater Back is a picture book about Murphy the Mouse and the town of Charlottesville’s efforts to save the historic Paramount Theater. Click the video below to watch!

To purchase a physical copy of the book along with even more Paramount swag, sign your young one up for Paramount Kids Club! You can also opt to receive a copy of How Charlottesville Got Its Theater Back when you make a $25 donation to the Theater, or visit our online store to purchase it directly. Thank you for your continued support during these challenging times!

Blast From the Past: Soweto Gospel Choir

The beautiful voices of the Soweto Gospel Choir rang through The Paramount’s sold-out auditorium in 2018. The Choir, which draws on the best talent from the many churches in and around Soweto, was formed to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of African Gospel music. The Soweto Gospel Choir is dedicated to sharing the joy of faith through music, and its members did just that when they brought their lively energy to The Paramount’s stage. The Theater’s Director of Marketing, Maran Garland, described the show as “absolutely breathtaking.”

We are diligently working to reschedule many of our events that have been interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These events contribute significantly toward our yearly operating budget, and we know that we will suffer a devastating loss of revenue as a local nonprofit theater. Please consider making a donation to The Paramount.

Photos by Rob Garland Photographers

Blast From the Past: Sir James Galway & Lady Jeanne Galway

Sir James Galway, “The Man with the Golden Flute,” and Lady Jeanne Galway, one of the leading female flute soloists of the decade, showcased their legendary talents on The Paramount’s stage this past fall. The husband-wife pair’s performance was made extra special when a group of flutists wearing party hats took to the stage to play for Lady Jeanne in honor of her recent birthday.

The Paramount’s Front of House Manager & Volunteer Coordinator, Cade Wiberg, recalled a special moment after the show: “I remember the halls were filled with passionate fans of the virtuoso flutist Sir James Galway and fellow performer Lady Jeanne Galway. Not only did the pair perform for over 2 hours, but they both agreed to sign merch and meet their fans for over an hour afterwards. After a long line of satisfied patrons were able to get their special mementos and memorabilia signed, James and Jeanne’s agent pushed for them to wrap it up so he could drive them to their hotel. Still in line was a woman with her young daughter who had been waiting since the end of the show. The mother mentioned her daughter had just begun learning the flute (she was about 8 years old), and she was a fan of Sir James’s performance style. The mother asked for an autograph for her daughter, and despite the pushback from their agent, Sir James prompted the girl to come forward and not only autographed her CD, but also took a picture with her. The mother and daughter were ecstatic.”

We are diligently working to reschedule many of our events that have been interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These events contribute significantly toward our yearly operating budget, and we know that we will suffer a devastating loss of revenue as a local nonprofit theater. Please consider making a donation to The Paramount.

Photos by Rob Garland Photographers

Save the Date: #GivingTuesdayNow is May 5

Join The Paramount and thousands of other nonprofit organizations around the world in #GivingTuesdayNow on Tuesday, May 5! Launched as a response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19, Giving Tuesday is a global day of support and unity.

The Paramount is facing a devastating loss of revenue due to the cancellation of 75+ events. Not only will your gift will help protect Charlottesville’s community Theater during these challenging times, it will also ensure The Paramount is ready and able to lead the charge in reopening Charlottesville with the highest safety measures in place to protect our community. Our Giving Tuesday goal is $2,500 – you can help us reach it by making a donation. Don’t want to wait until May 5 to donate? You can donate now, and we’ll count your generosity toward our goal!

Blast From the Past: Charlottesville’s Grand Illumination

Charlottesville’s Grand Illumination is a beloved holiday event featuring joy, merriment, and fun for the whole family. The Paramount hosted “Community Cares and Crafts” in 2016 for the 19th Annual Grand Illumination. Local nonprofits and event sponsors provided fun activities and games for the kids, such as face painting, concessions, and photos with Ms. Claus in the Theater’s lobby. After the tree-lighting ceremony, The Paramount offered a free screening of the 2003 holiday classic Elf, starring Will Ferrell. This free holiday movie tradition continued in 2017 with A Christmas Story and in 2018 with Home Alone. And it wouldn’t be a party without Santa, who ventured out onto the marquee to greet the crowd! What’s your favorite part of Charlottesville’s Grand Illumination?

We are diligently working to reschedule many of our events that have been interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These events contribute significantly toward our yearly operating budget, and we know that we will suffer a devastating loss of revenue as a local nonprofit theater. Please consider making a donation to The Paramount.

Photos by Rob Garland Photographers