Paramount Theatre – Marshall, TX

Taking a minute out of my day here to mention this awesome blog that’s featured on WordPress today.
This is the first time I’ve used the reblog button since moving my blog to WordPress so I hope I’m doing this right…
But can you say WOW!! The stories of the abandoned theaters in the days of their youth and what they’ve been through since then create movies in your mind of the excitement that used to buzz through the grand spaces, paired with the gorgeous photography of the complete abandonment and neglect of these old theaters.
It’s heart wrenching yet beautiful. It’s moving in a way that proves it is successful art.
I feel empathy for the theaters because they parallel the truth of my own life, all life, and everything in life. Destined to age, there is no escape.
Well done Matthew Lambros; After the Final Curtain. Amazing.

View of the auditorium from the main level. View of the auditorium from the main level.

Delayed and over budget, the Paramount Theatre in Marshall, Texas opened on March 31, 1930. The opening was the first event in what the city of Marshall dubbed “Program of Progress” month. The East Texas Theatre Company, Inc. commissioned Emil Weil, Inc., an architecture firm based in New Orleans, to design the 1,500 seat atmospheric theater.

The auditorium is currently used for storage. The auditorium is currently used for storage.

On opening day the front windows were decorated with telegrams from prominent movies stars congratulating the theater on the opening. The first feature was “Young Eagles,” starring Buddy Rogers and Jean Arthur, and “Brats,” a Laurel and Hardy comedy short. Live acts, including Rajah Vogi, an East Indian hypnotist, played at the theater during its early years.

Sunlight pours in through holes in the ceiling, due to years of water damage. Sunlight pours in through holes in the ceiling due to years of water damage.

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I'm an artist. I love art. Art love's me. We make a happy family. Oh art, my three kids and lovely husband. :-)

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