Tag: covid19

Cul-de-Sac Kids Make “Ginormous” Gift to The Paramount


On Monday, May 17, The Paramount Theater was honored to welcome a special group of young children – The Cul-de-Sac Kids – who have been making a difference in our community, one pumpkin at a time!

The Cul-de-Sac Kids, a group of motivated local children led by their parents, turned their neighborhood garden into “Penny’s Pumpkin Patch” to raise money for several local non-profit organizations, including The Paramount Theater.

The children chose to name their pumpkin patch in memory of their neighbor and our mutual friend, Penny Bosworth. Penny is special to The Paramount, serving on the Paramount’s Board of Directors and chairing our Arts Education Committee for 15 wonderful years. She loved Halloween and had a well-known (but not spooky!) spirit for giving, and we know that a pumpkin patch with her name on it would have made her incredibly proud.

Kristin Freese, lead parent for the Cul-de-Sac Kids and Penny’s Pumpkin Patch told us, “Penny was an inspiration. We hope our small gesture is a conduit in which her spirit, generosity, and community centric ideals live on!”

Beaming with pride on the Paramount stage, the Cul-de-Sac kids presented us with a “ginormous pumpkin check” for $1,000 that will help support The Paramount’s mission. In receiving the check, Cathy von Storch, Education & Outreach Manager, said:

“We love that you created Penny’s Pumpkin Patch to raise money for several nonprofit organizations that were near and dear to Penny Bosworth. The Paramount is so grateful and humbled to be one of the beneficiaries.  As you know, Penny loved The Paramount Theater. She strongly believed that everyone should have the opportunity to come and experience the best of live performing arts, young and old.  Penny also cared very deeply about making sure that the historic Paramount Theater stayed financially healthy so that it would be here for generations to come.”

Following their presentation and a photo op, the Cul-de-Sac Kids’ were treated to a round of applause from The Paramount staff and a special, VIP backstage tour led by Cathy.

Thank you, Cul-de-Sac kids! We truly appreciate your hard work and dedication to the community!

Visit us at https://www.theparamount.net/support-us/ to learn how you can help support The Paramount, too.

Destinations Travel Show Interview with Kurt Burkhart

Last month The Paramount Theater’s Director of Marketing, Maran Garland, was invited on the Destinations Talk Radio Show to talk about how The Paramount has maneuvered through the pandemic continuing to keep her doors open for the Charlottesville Community! This show also features David Holder (the guest host), CEO of Clarity of Place, Cynthia Eichler, President & CEO for Visit Fort Collins (CO), and Tripadvisor’s Steve Paganelli. To listen to the full show, CLICK HERE.

WanderLove – Join Us When You Can!

Check out our cameo in the new CACVB video, where adventure is the destination. When you are ready, we hope you will reconnect with what you love in Charlottesville! And for us, we hope a socially distanced event at The Paramount will be on your list!

Reopening The Paramount – WINA interview with Director of Marketing, Maran Garland

Les Sinclair spoke with our Director of Marketing, Maran Garland, last week about The Paramount Theater’s reopening next week with movies on the Big Screen!

Click here to listen to the full interview: https://wina.com/podcasts/the-paramount-theater-reopens-july-15/

Click here to read an earlier interview with NBC29 about some of our at-home streaming options: https://www.nbc29.com/2020/05/11/charlottesville-theater-teaming-up-with-magnolia-pictures/

Congratulations to the Winners of Charlottesville’s Got Talent

We are thrilled to announce the winner of Charlottesville’s Got Talent, The Thompson Family! Thank you to all of our contestants who shared with us their incredible talents, we were blown away by your talent. We also want to thank our Charlottesville community for voting. We hope you all enjoyed our virtual talent competition as much we did!

We Saved You a Seat! The Paramount Theater is Reopening

After 100+ days of a dark stage and screen, the resilient nonprofit Paramount Theater will again reopen her doors to our community! The Paramount Theater is reopening with three films on the Big Screen! On Wednesday, July 15 at 3PM and again at 7:30PM join us for the 1996 epic science-fiction action film starring Will Smith, Bill Pullman, and Jeff Goldblum in the classic Independence Day [PG-13]. Purple Rain will play on the Big Screen on Friday, July 17 at 3PM and 7:30PM followed by When Harry Met Sally on Saturday, July 18 at 3PM and 7:30PM. These are limited capacity events with 100 of the 1,041 seats available.

As “Charlottesville’s Living Room,” The Paramount Theater is committed to providing a safe and healthy entertainment venue for all of our patrons!

Below are a few of our COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines:

  • Hand sanitizer dispensers will be available for guest use at Concessions, Theater aisle entrances, and will be located throughout the Theater.
  • Sanitizing wipes will be available on each floor near the elevator.
  • There will be socially distanced markers in queue both outside and inside of the Theater.
  • Consistent cleaning and/or sanitizing of seats, bathrooms, railings, and other high-touch points.
  • Touchless ticket entry with scannable e-tickets and pre-printed tickets.
  • Upgraded payment hardware at Concessions will allow for touchless transactions.
  • All shows will be reserved seating (no general admission.)
  • Seating capacity will be limited. Seats will be 6′ apart, or more.

To keep all of our guests, staff, and volunteers healthy, we ask that you:

  • Refrain from attending an event at the Theater if you are ill, running a fever, or have been exposed to COVID-19.
  • Patrons are required to wear a mask at all times unless eating/drinking in assigned seats in the Auditorium.
  • Follow the social distancing guidelines of maintaining six feet of distance between non-family members when in common areas.
  • We strongly encourage all tickets to be purchased in advance to limit contact from ticket purchasing transactions and to reduce lines and waiting times.
  • Theater management reserves the right to ask patrons to leave the Theater at any time if venue COVID-19 policies are not honored, or if the safety of others is deemed to be in jeopardy.

To review a full list of modifications and general guidelines for health and safety due to COVID-19, please CLICK HERE.


If you cannot attend a performance due to COVID-19 illness, we are offering a flexible rescheduling and refund policy. Purchase tickets with confidence knowing that you will receive a refund if the show is canceled or postponed due to COVID-19. Purchasing your tickets today allows The Paramount Theater to continue to plan for the future of entertainment in Charlottesville. Please contact our Box Office for more information.

Charlottesville Tomorrow Interview With Executive Director, Chris Eure and Director of Marketing, Maran Garland

Our Executive Director, Chris Eure, and our Director of Marketing, Maran Garland, chatted with Marie Ungar from Charlottesville Tomorrow about how the pandemic has affected our nonprofit Theater and how we have continued to bring the magic into our Charlottesville community’s homes through this brief intermission.

Click here to read the full interview: https://www.cvilletomorrow.org/articles/dark-marquees-theaters-and-performing-artists-find-ways-to-weather-shutdown/