Blast From the Past: Golden Dragon Acrobats

The day after Thanksgiving in 2015, the Golden Dragon Acrobats leapt, twirled, and danced across The Paramount’s stage. One of the most distinguished Chinese acrobatic companies in the U.S., the Dallas-based troupe has performed in all 50 states and in more than 65 countries. The Dragons delighted the audience in showcasing their juggling, balancing, and acrobatic skills with chairs, hoops, tables, balls, and more!

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

The Paramount’s First Ever Trivia Tuesday

Welcome to The Paramount’s first-ever Trivia Tuesday with your host, Cade Wiberg, Front of House Manager & Volunteer Coordinator for the Theater! 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 two popcorn passes. 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 see who won by visiting our Facebook and Instagram pages.

1. Which member of Crosby, Stills & Nash is the only member of the three to have never performed at The Paramount? 
Answer: Stills
2. Which film franchise screened by The Paramount inspired the specialty drink “The Shirley Temple of Doom?”
Answer: Indiana Jones
3. How many pounds (lbs) of popcorn did The Paramount sell last year? (Be the closest guesser without going over!)
Answer: 9,258 lbs

Blast From the Past: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama first visited Charlottesville in 1979 and again in 1998, and The Paramount was fortunate enough to host him for his third visit in 2012. Several Paramount staff members shared stories from this unforgettable event.

Upon meeting Sue Green, who was The Paramount’s Security Head/Coordinator at the time, the Dalai Lama immediately played a prank on her. She was helping him up a set of steps when he suddenly put all his weight on her, pretending he needed help walking. “I was thinking to myself, ‘Oh gosh, I can’t carry him around, what am I going to do?’” Sue recalled. She realized it was a joke when he started chuckling and walking normally again. “After that, he held my hand all day as I escorted him around the building. At one point,” Sue added, “he wanted to brush his teeth. We had cordoned off a restroom for him to use, but he insisted on brushing his teeth in the fourth floor kitchen, where someone who was washing dishes got quite the surprise! His Holiness wasn’t what I expected; he was very playful and funny.”

Cathy von Storch, The Paramount’s Education & Outreach Manager, shared an email from the day after the event, sent by Jason King, who was the Theater’s House Manager at the time. Jason’s email reads:

“This event touched so many people, especially the local Tibetan community who got to realize a dream come true in our building. Not only did they get to have a private audience with His Holiness, but also the Prime Minister of Tibet, Lobsang Sangay, which is a VERY rare occurrence on US soil. It’s difficult to really grasp the significance of this private meeting, but please know that this was truly special. Yesterday was a highlight in the lives of all that attended, and how lucky are we that the special feeling the audience now carries with them is associated with our building, and that we got to assist in touching their lives in such a significant and meaningful way. Every time an audience member walks by the Theater now, they will be reminded of feelings they had while in our building yesterday.

“Let’s also not lose sight of the day our special guest, Dani, got to have. Dani was the 14-year-old girl who traveled down from Delaware to be in the same room as His Holiness, and we were able to make her dream come true by getting them to meet. When you see the pictures from that meeting, you’ll see that she defined the theme of yesterday’s discussion: ‘Compassionate Care.’ You’ll see how His Holiness truly cared, and was truly compassionate to her suffering. Rob Garland was able to capture a very special moment in her life when His Holiness bent over and touched his forehead to hers. Amazing. I’m not sure I can come up with words to describe how wonderful that moment was for this little girl who has suffered her entire life.”

Chris Eure, The Paramount’s Executive Director, was part of the greeting team with the Charlottesville City Councilors that day. “We each received a personal blessing,” she said, “and His Holiness wrapped our hands with a prayer shawl that I still have in prize possession. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but I can say he had such an electrifying yet calming presence; it was really ‘magical.’ I owe that experience to Jason, who Cathy referenced, as he insisted I needed to be part of that welcoming group to represent the Theater. I’m not a celebrity hound, so I don’t usually force myself into these situations, but when Jason said I needed to be there for the Theater, I acquiesced, and it has been one of my fondest memories.”

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: Lewis Black

Raging comedian Lewis Black has brought roaring laughter to The Paramount’s auditorium on numerous occasions, the first of which was in 2011. In fact, Central Virginians were so excited to experience Mr. Black’s cynicism, The Paramount had to add a second show!

Lewis Black most recently raged on our stage just a couple months ago as part of his It Gets Better Every Day Tour. Decked out in a purple suit, he ranted to a full house about politics, various cultural trends, and instant gratification – though he did profess his love for 2-day free shipping.

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: Christmas with Elvis ft. Big Ray and the Kool Kats

No strangers to The Paramount’s stage, the “Best Elvis in Vegas” Matt Lewis and Charlottesville’s own Big Ray and the Kool Kats brought the house down at their Christmas show this past December. All eyes were glued to the King as he performed fan-favorites such as “Burning Love,” “Always On My Mind,” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” Audience members spent the night “shake, rattle, and rolling” in their seats as Matt Lewis worked the stage with all of the famous Elvis dance moves and, of course, three costume changes. The show concluded with women rushing to the stage as the King handed out his scarves with a touch of sweat to all of the eager ladies. After the performance, Matt took to the lobby where he did a meet-and-greet with hundreds of fans, graciously taking photos with every fan who wanted one.

Before the show last winter, we did an interview with Matt Lewis and Big Ray, where we learned that Matt has been impersonating Elvis since the age of 12, and the Kool Kats can literally play thousands of songs. To read the full interview, click here.

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: Wynonna Judd

A real treat for country fans, Wynonna Judd first performed at The Paramount in 2007. She returned to the stage in 2013 for her holiday tour, which is a fond memory for Paramount Volunteer Judy Schultz.

“I took my daughter to see Wynonna Judd in 2013,” Judy shared. “There was an opening act and then intermission. We waited and waited and finally she came on stage and did a great job. I found out later from Jason King, the House Manager, that Wynonna was really sick, and he was afraid that she was not going to be able to do the show. She was a real trooper…the show must go on!”

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

Paramount Crossword #4

Have you been following our daily #BlastFromThePast posts? Then this crossword should be a piece of cake! Enjoy our Blast From the Past pop quiz. How fast can you complete it?

Click here to play. If you’re a fan of the more traditional way to play crosswords, you can also print it out. Good luck!