Changes in store for the Paramount

Published 6:06 pm Saturday, February 18, 2012

Although it came out slightly later than the 60’s music featured in our upcoming Age of Aquarius concert Saturday, March 3, the 1972 David Bowie “Changes” has been running through my head.

I think it has to do with all the changes happening with the Austin Area Commission for the Arts. Thanks to the hard work of Jason Tieskotter from Southern Minnesota Electric, volunteer Jarrod Schoenecker, Austin Utilities, and staff members Melissa Trihus and Scott Anderson, we updated the marquee outside the Historic Paramount Theatre to LED lighting in an effort to save energy and financial resources.

Additionally, the “star lights” in the auditorium were switched to LED. As our organization has grown, we recently re-arranged office space, creating a new office area for our Operations Manager Scott Anderson.

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We are in the process of installing a new phone system thanks to the support of the Hormel Foundation and help from Simplified Technology Solutions. Our box office hours have also changed to better serve our patrons. It will now be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and an hour and a half before events. These changes are just the tip of the iceberg.

Over the upcoming months we plan to replace the flooring in our basement area, launch a new e-newsletter, and explore a new ticketing system just to name a few. We will also be premiering our Summer Under the Stars season of events happening this July and August. Although we are not ready to release the details of the artists to be featured in this season, it is sure to make your summer fun. In the meantime, March will be filled to the brim with exciting events.

For more information, visit, stop by the Paramount, or call 434-0934.