Historic Paramount Theatre Sign to be Resurrected

April 14, 2014 by Editor

The Paramount Theatre is getting back an important part of its history.

Originally opened in 1915 as the Majestic Theatre and known as the Paramount since 1930,  the Paramount is Austin’s oldest surviving theatre. The theatre is currently securing funds to rebuild their historic “blade” sign on Congress Avenue, which was constructed in 1930 and dismantled in 1964.

Paramount Sign Austin
Left: Sign in 1945. Right: Proposed sign replica (Wellborn Sign Co.)

According to documents filed with the City, the total budget for the project is about $192,000. Funds for the project will be provided by the Austin Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, historic preservation grants, and other individual contributions.

 

Work on the new sign is scheduled to start in March of 2015, with completion prior to October’s 100-year anniversary celebration. What do you think of the new (old) sign at the Paramount? Leave your comments below!

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Kelly D. is a local engineering and construction professional and the editor of BuildingATX.com. In his day job, he is currently overseeing several construction projects across greater Austin. His postings on this site are his own and do not represent his employer's positions, strategies, or opinions. You can reach him at [email protected]