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Paramount Theatre

30 Center Street

In the early part of the 20th century, many called The Playhouse Theatre of Rutland, Vermont one of the finest theatres in America and very few, reportedly, were more artistically designed or appointed. Built in 1912 & 1913 by George T. Chaffee. The Theatre opened on January 16, 1914. The classical style exterior architecture of the building reflected the "City Beautiful" movement of the time, while the interior took on the look of a Victorian opera house. The theatre provided seating for 1000 patrons in the orchestra, balcony, and 6 boxes flanking the proscenium arch.

Du Barry rose tapestry covered the side-walls, and velour hangings of the same shade adorned the boxes. The ceilings were beautifully decorated with gold leaf, and a large oval painting representing music, lyric art, and the dramas shown among the 150 softly glowing incandescent ceiling lights. The floors of the auditorium, aisles, boxes, and lobby were carpeted in green with wilton.

Top performers traveling via the Rutland Railroad between Montreal and Boston, would stop to perform in The Playhouse. Minstrel shows, grand and light opera, and vaudeville, and appearances by Tom Thumb, Will Rogers, Sarah Bernhardt, Ethel Barrymore, and The Great Houdini, delighted local audiences.

During the disastrous flood of 1927, while water lapped at the foundation, the theatre provided refuge for Rutland residents driven out of their homes in lower parts of the city.


Shannon Kennelly

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Amazing theater. I love every event put on here, from free movie nights to election results viewing parties to talks from New York Times writers to concerts and plays. Went to see a performance of A Christmas Carol in the Brick Box and that was also spectacular! 100000 stars.

Laura Di Piazza

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018
The Paramount Theatre offers numerous high quality and engaging performances. The theatre has amazing acoustics, friendly and welcoming staff and delicious Vermont craft beer and hard cider. We live an hour away and we gladly make the drive; it's totally worth it! An evening to a Paramount performance is certainly a special and memorable night out. Enjoy!

Regina Esposito

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
The performances here never disappoint! They do a lot for the community! I love this place. And did you know the gentleman who built the Paramount also built the Chaffee Art Gallery?

George Lincoln

Thursday, May 17, 2018
Wonderful atmosphere in this 1913 era refurbished theater. Excellent acoustics and comfortable seating on the main floor. Great venue!

Edward Sullivan

Monday, June 25, 2018
Great for watching the World Cup games in HD on a huge screen.

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