Seems like there’s a few Paramount’s around town but there may not be one more special than the one in Brooklyn. Not what you’re thinking — by that, we mean not a room filled with the cool people with thick glasses.
You may have never heard of the Brooklyn Paramount Theater because it’s mainly been used as a gymnasium by Long Island University. However, that is about the change.
Recently, Long Island University approved a 49-year lease of the former Brooklyn Paramount Theater —to a company headed by the developer Bruce Ratner and the Russian owner of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center — Mikhail Prokhorov.
The plan is for the venue to be renovated and open in two or three years and we’re told that we can expect live entertainment and live the dream once again as the Brooklyn Paramount. The place was epic and we can’t wait for it to reopen! Completed in 1928, the Paramount was a 4,144-seat one of a kind venue in Downtown Brooklyn. When it closed in 1962, it was exceeded in size only by Radio City Music Hall. Bet you didn’t know that!
Our favorite part is that the large old school marquee will be rebuilt. The super lobby will remain a student cafeteria, as it has been since the early 1960s, but will also serve patrons of concerts and other events. We love retro and we love old school!
Soon enough, we’ll all be hitting the Paramount in Brooklyn! Can’t wait to see you there!