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A legendary Brooklyn theater is being restored to its original glory

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Andrew Frisicano
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A new old music venue is coming to Brooklyn. LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre, located at Flatbush and DeKalb Avenuess in downtown Brooklyn, will start renovations to restore the historic space to a working live music venue (it was previously a multi-purpose space as part of LIU Brooklyn’s campus). The work is set to finish mid-2019.

The 3,000-capacity venue will be run by BSE Global, the team behind Barclays Center, NYCB LIVE (a.k.a. Nassau Coliseum) and Webster Hall (also undergoing renovations at the moment). Once doors open, you can expect concerts, as well as "family entertainment, comedy, sporting events, special events, and private programs for LIU students."  

Fitted with a Rococo style ceiling and wall trimmings, the theater, originally known as the Brooklyn Paramount, opened in 1928 and functioned as a live performance venue until 1962, hosting the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Miles Davis. According to a press release it was also the first theatre in the world designed to show talking movies.

Photograph: Courtesy H3

Photograph: Courtesy H3

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