Paramount Theatre Celebrates its Centennial Cinematically


projector2015 will be the 100th anniversary of Austin's Paramount Theatre... October 2015, to be exact. What better way to celebrate than with a special film series? Starting in January 2014, the Paramount100: A Century of Cinema series will chronologically screen a history of film. 

"As I began to think about how we could celebrate the classic film tradition at the Paramount, I realized this would be the perfect opportunity to present a chronological tribute to film history at the Paramount and Stateside Theatres," Stephen Jannise, film programmer for Paramount and Stateside, said in a press release about the series.

"With the screenings spaced out over a year and a half, we’ll be able to really dig into these silver screen classics and marvel at the steady progression of cinematic language, one landmark at a time. A once-in-a-lifetime celebration like the Paramount’s 100th birthday deserves a once-in-a-lifetime film series, and I can't wait to get started!"

The schedule for the first segment of the series, running January through May, hasn't been released yet, but badges for the full series are already available for purchase.  Some of the planned screenings include silent shorts to kick the series off, 35mm screenings of Chaplin's The Kid, Harold Lloyd's Safety Last, Nosferatu, Metropolis, and digital restorations of Intolerance and The Thief of Baghdad.

The later part of this winter/spring segment will include the start of the Summer Classic Film Series, with a special focus on the films of 1939. The first segment of the Paramount100 series will include 14-15 screenings in all (some of those will be double features).

For more information and to purchase a badge, visit the theater's site.

[Photo of projector at the Paramount Theatre, taken by Elizabeth Stoddard/Flickr]