CLICK HERE to see our full listing of in-home entertainment options while you Stream the Magic of The Paramount.


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  • Paid Streaming Content
    • Exhibition on Screen Encores
    • Magnolia Pictures Presents
    • 3rd Street: Best Seats in the House
  • Complimentary Streaming Content from The Paramount
    • How Charlottesville Got Its Theater Back
    • A Brief History of The Paramount
  • Additional Streaming from Paramount Partners
    • National Geographic Live Backstage – Facebook Live
    • Met in HD
    • National Theatre at Home

The Paramount Theater’s mission is to educate, enchant, enrich, and enlighten our Charlottesville community. During this brief intermission while our stage and screen are dark for the safety of our community, we hope the content below will bring The Paramount’s magic to your home!

Paid Streaming Content



Once you purchase the streaming code, you can stream the video as many times as you’d like within the eligible week.

This Week on Exhibition on Screen: Thursday, May 21 – Tuesday, May 26
Exhibition on Screen: Leonardo, From the National Gallery London

Thank you to our Exhibition on Screen Sponsors: Janna and David Gies

Magnolia Pictures Presents

Life Itself

Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and executive producers Martin Scorsese (The Departed) and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball) present LIFE ITSELF, a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert – a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful, and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, LIFE ITSELF, explores the legacy of Roger Ebert’s life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America.

Life Itself is a part of a special Magnolia Pictures series called “Magnolia Pictures, a Few of Our Favorite Docs.” 10% of ticket sales will be donated to a charity of the filmmakers’ choice. The Q&A for Life Itself will occur on Wednesday, May 27 at 8:00PM and feature Chaz Ebert and director Steve James. Their charity of choice was the Chicago Cinema Workers Fund. Questions for the Q&A’s will be solicited in advance. You can either submit them over email to, or tweet at Magnolia Pictures using the hashtag #magnoliadocseries.

CLICK HERE to view Trailer.

Magnolia Pictures Presents


At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But the unique personal journey of her rise to the nation’s highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. RBG explores Ginsburg’s life and career. From Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films.

RBG is a part of a special Magnolia Pictures series called “Magnolia Pictures, a Few of Our Favorite Docs.” 10% of ticket sales will be donated to a charity of the filmmakers’ choice. The Q&A for RBG occurred on Wednesday, May 20 and featured directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen, while moderated by Melena Ryzik from the New York Times. Their charity of choice was the NYU Langone’s food pantry, The Table.

CLICK HERE to view Trailer.

Magnolia Pictures Presents

Slay the Dragon

A secretive, high-tech gerrymandering initiative launched 10 years ago threatens to undermine our democracy. Slay the Dragon follows everyday people as they fight to make their votes matter.

CLICK HERE to view Trailer.

Magnolia Pictures Presents

Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band

Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band is a confessional, cautionary, and occasionally humorous tale of Robertson’s young life and the creation of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music, The Band. The film is a moving story of Robertson’s personal journey, overcoming adversity and finding camaraderie alongside the four other men who would become his brothers in music, together making their mark on music history. Once Were Brothers blends rare archival footage, photography, iconic songs and interviews with Robertson’s friends and collaborators includ­ing Martin Scorsese, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, and more.

CLICK HERE to view the Trailer.

Magnolia Pictures Presents

The Whistlers

In The Whistlers, not everything is as it seems for Cristi, a police inspector in Bucharest who plays both sides of the law. Embarking with the beautiful Gilda on a high-stakes heist, both will have to navigate the twists and turns of corruption, treachery and deception. A trip to the Canary Islands to learn a secret whistling language might just be what they need to pull it off.

CLICK HERE to view the Trailer.

3RD STREET: Best Seats in the House


With tremendous gratitude to Lorenzo Dickerson of Maupintown Media, we are thrilled to bring a streaming option to you of the documentary that premiered at The Paramount in August 2019.

3rd Street: Best Seats in the House tells the stories of African-American patrons of The Paramount Theater and their personal experience of the formerly segregated 3rd Street Entrance and Box Office prior to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. A light is shined on the previously untold stories and experiences of local Charlottesville residents, who were made to use the segregated Entrance and Box Office in accordance with the law. The film will share a personal reflection on topics such as structural racism, the implementation and execution of Jim Crow Laws, and racial segregation through the experiences of Charlottesville community members.

In advance of the film’s premiere, a unique exhibition was unveiled on the Theater’s 3rd Street exterior wall. The temporary installation, created in partnership with Maupintown Media and the City’s Unity Days, featured large-scale photographs, silhouettes of patrons, and quotes from the movie’s interviewees. Through the exhibition and film, members of our community share their personal memories and experiences of attending movies at The Paramount during the Jim Crow era. Their first-person accounts will give voice to the not so distant past.

Complimentary Streaming from The Paramount

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 HERE To purchase a physical copy of the book for $25. Or, when you sign your young one up for Paramount Kids Club for $35, you’ll receive the book along with even more Paramount swag! Thank you for your continued support during these challenging times!

  • A membership card that gets you free popcorn at every event
  • A Murphy the Mouse plush toy
  • Your very own copy of How Charlottesville Got Its Theater Back
  • A Paramount drawstring backsack
  • Kid-friendly foldaway theater glasses for that up-close, front row experience
  • A card from the kids club mailed to you on your birthday!

You can sign up for the Kids Club HERE.

A Brief History of The Paramount

How Charlottesville Got Its Theater Back does not end here. Listen to a 4 minute video to learn more about The Paramount’s stage reopening in 2004.

Additional Streaming from Paramount Partners


You provide the dinner—try a new recipe or order curb-side take-out from a local restaurant—and we’ll provide the show! Sit back (or dance!) and enjoy a free virtual performance art showcase featuring host Terri Allard and former Charlottesville Inside-Out guests, performing and sharing messages from their homes. Enjoy music, dance, poetry, juggling and more! Let’s lift spirits and bring the community together through the arts! Presented by VPM and The Paramount.

Featuring: Ike Anderson, A.D. Carson, Mike Clem, Michael Coleman, John D’earth, Rita Dove, Greg Howard, Robert Jospé, Lua Project, Erin Lunsford, Stephanie Nakasian & Veronica Swift, Mark Nizer, Alice Owen, Charles Owens, Darrell Rose, Devon Sproule and The Pollocks

With Special Guests: Chris Eure (The Paramount), Anne Hunter (Live Arts), John Hunter (The World Peace Game), Kirby Hutto (Sprint Pavilion), Jody Kielbasa (Virginia Film Festival), Susan Krischel (IX Art Park), Kari Miller (International Neighbors), Emily Morrison (The Front Porch), Cristine Nardi (Center for Nonprofit Excellence), Jim Ryan (University of Virginia), Leslie M. Scott-Jones (Charlottesville Players Guild / Jefferson School African American Heritage Center), and Jonathan Spivey (MLK Community Choir)



The show goes on with National Geographic Live 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 Facebook Live series!

You’ll get the unique opportunity to meet National Geographic Explorers live from their homes. Next up is wildlife filmmaker Filipe DeAndrade, host of Nat Geo WILD’s Untamed.

Going live from California, Filipe will impart what he’s learned about being courageous and resilient—both in the field and in his personal life—and share why he believes that young people are the key to preserving the planet.

Facebook Live: Backstage with Filipe DeAndrade Wednesday, May 20, at 1PM ET

Tune in to watch on

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


The Met will offer a nightly series of free encore-presentation web streams that will bring opera to audiences while the house is dark. Tune in to watch at 7:30PM ET! The broadcasts will remain available via the homepage of for 23 hours. The homepage link will open the performance on the Met Opera on Demand streaming service. The performance will also be viewable on all Met Opera on Demand apps.


At a time when opera and theater fans around the world can’t visit their local theaters, the National Theater will offer free encore broadcasts online!

The National Theatre launched, “National Theatre at Home.” Every Thursday at 2PM EST enjoy a much-loved National Theatre Live production, free to stream on YouTube for seven days. The “National Theatre at Home” broadcasts began with James Corden’s Tony-Award winning performance in One Man, Two Guvnors on Thursday, April 2. The next featured performance will be A Streetcar Named Desire on Thursday, May 21. To watch these fan-favorites, CLICK HERE to visit the National Theatre’s YouTube channel.

Rewatch your favorites

During this time of social distancing, many artists have taken to Youtube, Instagram, or even Facebook to live stream their musical talents to fans across the world! Below are some past Paramount performers who did just that!


How To Stream Purchased Content:

  1. Click the “Buy Online Streaming Code Now” button.
  2. Follow direction to purchase your ticket.
  3. Be on the lookout for your ticket confirmation email, which will contain the password to access the video and further instructions!

Box Office:

Hours: Monday – Friday 10AM to 2PM by phone and email only.

Phone: 434.979.1333

Our Stage and Screen have been dark since March 10, 2020. While the brief intermission continues, we invite you to you to make a tax-deductible gift. Your gift helps protect the historic Paramount Theater during these challenging times. As a nonprofit theater, The Paramount relies on community philanthropic support in addition to revenue from performances. With the loss of all events for months due to COVID-19, this pandemic will take its toll on Charlottesville’s beloved historic Theater.