Back on the silver screeen

Published 7:01am Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Paramount Theatre is taking a step back in its history to celebrate its 85th anniversary in 2014.

The Paramount, which operated as a movie theater from 1929 to 1975, will kick off the Paramount Move Series series at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9.

“We’ve talked about doing a movie series, and we’re finally getting it launched in celebration of our 85th anniversary,” Executive Director Jennie Knoebel said.

The film showing Jan. 9 will be announced soon. Knoebel is still working to secure the rights to show some of the films.

The Paramount plans to show a movie from every decade the Paramount was open, and the plan is to show movies that played at the Paramount. It’ll kick off with a movie from the 1930s in January, the 1940s in February, the 1950s in March, the 1960s in April and the 1970s in May.

“All of the movies that we’re going to show next season have been shown at the theater during the time it was open,” she said.

Many of the films have already been announced: “Ziegfeld Girl” in February, “An American in Paris” in March, “The Ten Commandments” in April and “The Godfather Part II” in May.

In September, the Paramount is planning a movie fundraising event in conjunction with the anniversary.

They’ll also show a Halloween film, “The Night of the Living Dead,” and a holiday film.

The Paramount has shown family movies recently, including “Beetlejuice” in October, and Knoebel said the response to the upcoming movie series has been positive.

“A lot of people are really excited [with] the movies coming back,” she said.

 The 2014 Paramount Movie Series

Jan. 9: To be announced

Feb. 20: “Ziegfeld Girl”

March 20: “An American in Paris”

April 17: “The Ten Commandments”

May 22: “The Godfather Part II

Sept. 13: Special Movie Fundraiser to celebrate the 85th Anniversary. Film to be announced

Oct. 31: “The Night of the Living Dead”

Dec.18: A holiday movie; film to be announced

—All films will show at 7:30 p.m.

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