A Paramount Theater Exclusive Interview with National Geographic Live’s David Guttenfelder

Check out our exclusive interview with National Geographic Photographer, David Guttenfelder. Cuba, North Korea, and Iraq only name a few of the destinations David has traveled to take photos of intensely beautiful people and places. He joins us live on stage at The Paramount Friday, February 8th. CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets now.

Keep reading for more about David’s travels and photos.

Q: According to your website, you have traveled to nearly 100 different countries around the world. Which country was your favorite and why?

A: “If it’s possible to choose a favorite country, I’d have to say mine is Tanzania. When I was a young University student (at that point I had never traveled anywhere outside of the United States), I spent a year as an exchange student in Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar Island studying Swahili language. I spent the most formative time of life among some of the most generous and energetic people I will ever know. During that year in east Africa, I learned how to step outside of my own culture and experience and the type of the tenacity and sacrifice required. It made me want to travel the world and become a photographer and storyteller.”

Q: Your photos are intensely beautiful and speak louder than words, but if you had to put one photograph into words, which photograph would it be and what would it say?

A: “She was wearing a fur-collared coat, standing at an opaque office window to stare at Pyongyang’s cold winter weather outside. Light fell on a tank of goldfish swimming around a seashell.”

“Most of us know very little about North Korea and its people. Part of the reason we know so little is that relatively few photographs have ever been made inside the otherwise-isolated country.”

“During my travels to North Korea, now nearly 40 times over the past 18 years, I’ve tried to photograph everything I could see around me. Important news, mass propaganda spectacles, the country’s leaders, the ordinary daily lives of people, ephemera, historical sites, landscapes and architecture, even my uneasy personal life there. Every photograph was one piece of a complicated, sometimes surreal or melancholy puzzle.”

“The most important photographs I made were of simple fleeting moments inside North Korean people’s offices or homes. These were rare chances to look into one another’s eyes. Despite all of the geopolitical tensions and hostilities, there are real people with real lives worthy of our understanding.”

Q: What do you have to do to mentally prepare for your journeys?

A: “I try to prepare to be completely open and to go deep, giving into everything around me while I’m traveling and photographing.  What that really means, is preparing to temporarily suspend your life back home.”

Q: How many photos do you have to take to get the one you want?

A: “Honestly, its always different. Sometimes I see a moment, react immediately, and shoot a single picture. Other times I may shoot hundreds, or even a few thousand pictures of a given situation or event. A National Geographic, we are required to submit every photo we shoot while on assignment for our editors to consider. Consequently, I might make, and submit 30,000 images to be distilled down to 20 for publication.”

Read our Fall Newsletter and Annual Report!

This year, The Paramount hosted 300 events, had 153 Active Volunteers, and more than 18,500 students and teachers participated in the education season.

We appreciate your support and hope to see you at a show this holiday season!

CLICK HERE to access the digital version of The Fall Newsletter. CLICK HERE to access the 2017-18 Annual Report.



A Paramount Theater Exclusive Interview with Hilaree Nelson








Check out our exclusive interview with the 2018 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Hilaree Nelson. Hilaree has been on over 40 expeditions in the last 20 years. She joins us tomorrow, live on stage at The Paramount, for a story that will have you on the edge of your seat. CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets now.

Continue reading for details on how Hilaree prepares for her expeditions, how she manages a family both at home and while away, and her favorite climbing adventures.

Q: Can you paint a picture of your climbing experiences in one sentence?

A: “My Career as an adventurer and climber has changed my worldview through rich experiences in culture, team dynamics, risk, and the emotional relationship with both success and failures in the mountains.”

Q: What climbing adventure was your favorite and why?

A: “I have many favorite climbs mostly because they are all so incredibly different. If I had to choose one it would likely be an expedition many years ago to the Isle of South Georgia due to the inclusion of extreme sailing and abundant wildlife. The remoteness was unique to any other trip I’ve ever done.”

Q: For all of the people who are not climbers, how do you physically and emotionally prepare for an adventure? Can you tell us about the physical and mental training?

A: “I’ve been on upwards of 40 expeditions over 18 years and each one requires a different preparation. Physically I do my best to train in the outdoors through long, aerobic adventure. I work hard at maintaining the technical skills needed to undertake these expeditions by rock climbing, ice climbing and just overall familiarizing myself with the equipment. Mental preparation is often the more challenging aspect of training for an expedition. It’s very difficult to prep for leaving my children but they are also a crucial part of my mental training in that they are always keeping me on my toes.”

Q: As a working parent, how do you and your family prepare for each adventure climb?

A: “Now that my boys are older, ages 9 and 11, I have fairly detailed conversations with them about the in’s and out’s of the expedition. They are much more independent and in that regard, the prep is less so than when they were younger. This ties in with the mental preparation because it goes hand in hand with planning the logistics of any adventure. A benefit of modern day climbing is that I can stay fairly well connected throughout any trip via satellite phone, internet modems, etc. This allows me to manage any problems at home in the present versus trying to have plan for everything in advance.”

One More Reason to See MARNIE…

Do you know who performed on stage December 17, 2004 for the Opening Night of The Paramount Theater’s 2004-05 Season? Mezzo-soprano, Denyce Graves!

Imagine our delight while creating programs for Saturday’s Met Live in HD broadcast of Marnie, when we discovered Denyce Graves will be playing Marnie’s mother in the Live in HD Broadcast

This discovery sent us digging through our archives. Look at the treasure we found- the program from Denyce Graves’s 2004 performance at The Paramount!

Consider joining us tomorrow, Saturday, November 10 at 12:55PM for the Met Live in HD series continuation on The Paramount’s big screen with Nico Muhly’s new production MarnieCLICK HERE for tickets!






Following the Manhattan Short Film Festival at The Paramount’s screening, Paramount patrons cast their vote for the best overall film and actor. The Paramount audience voted Two Strangers Who Meet Five Times written and directed by Marcus Marcou (UK) as Best Movie, and Felix Grenier from the film Fauve, directed by Jérémy Comte (Canada) as Best Actor.

It just so happens that The Paramount’s audience vote aligned perfectly with the international festival’s winners! Two Strangers Who Meet Five Times was this year’s Gold Medal winner, and Felix Grenier from the film Fauve was this year’s Gold Medal winner for Best Actor! Congratulations to the winners. We can’t wait for the return of the Manhattan Film Festival next year!






Come see “Roseberry’s Charlottesville” at CitySpace Art Gallery on August 3!

Looking for plans before the David Cross – Oh Come On tour tonight? Look no further! Come to CitySpace Art Gallery’s First Fridays from 5:30-7:30PM to see Roseberry’s Charlottesville. This exhibit showcases a selection of rarely seen images of Charlottesville from the collection of photographer Ed Roseberry. Come get a glimpse into the past and even see images of The Paramount Theater in its original state!

Photo by: Ed Roseberry

National Geographic 2018 Award Winners Include Joel Sartore and Hilaree Nelson

Photo By: Cory Richards

When National Geographic announced their annual award winners, we were thrilled to see that two of the National Geographic Live series presenters won! The National Geographic Society recognized Joel Sartore as the 2018 recipient of the Rolex National Geographic Explorer of the Year Award. Ski Mountaineer, Hilaree Nelson, who will present at The Paramount Theater on November 14, was named one of National Geographic’s 2018 Adventurers of the Year. If you want to hear the stories responsible for her award first-hand, be sure to come to Paramount Presents: National Geographic Live – Hilaree Nelson, Point of No Return.

Read more about these award recipients here:




Joel Sartore is one step closer to photographing every living species currently residing in a zoo or wildlife sanctuary. He has recently captured a photo of a Pyrenean Desman, marking his  8,000th photo in the  National Geographic  Photo Ark; a collection of his images taken to shed light on animal conservation. This is also the collection of images he will share with us at The Paramount Theater this June!

You can learn more about Sartore’s story, and see his amazing photographs at The Paramount on Friday, June 22 for the opening night of our National Geographic Live Series. To purchase tickets please visit: http://charlottesville.theparamount.net/single/SYOS.aspx?p=3343.

To learn more about the Pyrenean Desman Click Here.

To read more about Joel Sartore’s Photo Ark Click Here

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*Photo credit: Thank you to the Monticello High School Photography Department.


Vote For Your National Theatre Favorites in the 2018 WhatsOnStage Awards!

This season, we have had the pleasure of presenting spectacular National Theatre Live in HD productions on our big screen, such as Angels in America parts I and II, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Follies! We are thrilled to congratulate these nominees for their recognition by the WhatsOnStage Awards, the only major theatre awards in which the audience is the judge. Each year, WhatsOnStage draws a UK-based shortlist of productions to help theatergoers recognize their favorites! Learn more about the awards here.

Share your love for the National Theatre Live in HD series by voting for the incredible nominees that made their appearance on The Paramount’s big screen!

See the full line-up of nominations here and cast your vote here. Voting closes on January 31, 2018, with the winners announced on February 25. Stay tuned!

Congratulations to the nominees!

Angels in America

  • Best Play Revival
  • Andrew Garfield, Best Actor in a Play
  • Nathan Lane, Best Supporting Actor in a Play
  • Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Best Supporting Actor in a Play
  • Denise Gough, Best Supporting Actress in a Play
  • Marianne Elliot, Best Direction
  • Paule Constable, Best Lighting Design


  • Best Musical Revival
  • Janie Dee, Best Actress in a Musical
  • Tracie Bennett, Best Supporting Actress in a Musical
  • Dominic Cooke, Best Direction
  • Vicki Mortimer, Best Costume Design
  • Paule Constable, Best Lighting Design

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

  • Best Play Revival
  • Imelda Staunton, Best Actress in a Play
  • Imogen Poots, Best Supporting Actress in a Play

Don’t miss the continuation of the National Theatre Live in HD series:

Young Marx
Sunday, January 28

Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London, the production  is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.

CLICK HERE to learn more and purchase your tickets today!

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Starring Sienna Miller!
Sunday, February 25

Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017. Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews’ ‘thrilling revival’ (New York Times) stars Sienna Miller alongside Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney.

CLICK HERE to learn more and purchase your tickets today!