Paramount Center

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Paramount Center
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Emerson College’s Paramount Center is an old classic that rose from the ashes in 2010, thanks to extensive renovations. The new ArtsEmerson initiative is kicking off its first season of film programming alongside theater, dance and concerts. The restored Art Deco building is dominated by the iconic flashing marquee, and still has the old Paramount Pictures logo carved into the facade. The complex now houses two theaters for performing arts and the Bright Family Screening Room, with 170 seats and both film and digital projection capabilities. The public film offerings are varied and appetizing, with unusual foreign films, animation, shorts, children’s programming and new avant-garde film all represented. It’s a far cry from the seedy selection of sex clubs and adult theaters that used to define the Washington Street area as Boston's “Combat Zone.” And if there aren’t going to be any strippers around, at least you can catch an Orson Welles flick sometime.


Venue name: Paramount Center
Address: 559 Washington St

Cross street: at Ave de Lafayette
Transport: Orange line to Chinatown
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