Austin’s Majestic Palace: The Paramount Turns 100
Now on view at Manchaca Road Branch Library
[Exterior view of the Paramount Theater], circa 1930s, C06839, Chalberg Collection of Prints and Negatives, photo by Jordan-Ellison Company
Austin's Majestic Palace: The Paramount Turns 100 illustrates many of the changes and transformations to one of Austin's original performing arts venues, the Paramount Theater, that have taken place over the last century. Originally called the “Majestic”, the theater began as a vaudeville venue, hosting performers from Harry Houdini to Anna Pavlova. Later the theater became primarily a movie-house but went into decline and nearly faced demolition. The photographs on display show the rise and fall and rise again of this grande doyenne of the Austin performing arts scene.