The Paramount

713 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
phone: (512) 472-5470
fax: (512) 472-5824
info@austintheatre.org

Very few places in Austin can make this claim! With all of the new development happening around Austin, and specifically right here on Congress Avenue, it’s truly remarkable that Austin’s original performing arts venue has stood the test of time. As one of the first – and few remaining – examples of early and distinctive theatrical architecture, the Paramount stands as a testament to how important the venue is to the community and the cultural landscape that makes Austin unique. Once you’re here, you can’t help but feel you’ve entered a special place that wraps itself around you, making you feel welcome, timeless and inclusive, both with other members of the audience and the performance itself. From Houdini to Katharine Hepburn, to current artists like Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett and Sheryl Crow, the Paramount, and its audiences, have seen it all over the past 100 years…here’s to the next century! For more history, visit  www.paramountaustin.org.


Stateside at the Paramount

719 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
phone: (512) 472-5470
fax: (512) 472-7199
info@austintheatre.org

Originally known as the State Theatre, the 300-seat venue opened in 1935 with a showing of The Bride Comes Home starring Fred MacMurray and Claudette Colbert. Smaller and not as well-known as The Paramount Theatre next door, the Stateside Theatre hosts community programs such as the State Theatre School of Acting and Austin Script Works. Stateside is also home to a number of themed classic film screenings such as Hitchcock Week. A major flood in 2006 damaged much of the historic structure, delaying its long-planned renovation. Locals rallied to raise funds for the repairs and renovations, and the refurbished theater finally reopened in 2011. Previously, the art deco theater had undergone $3.5 million in renovations in 1998. The Stateside has a decidedly independent feel vs it’s higher profile neighbor The Paramount, hosting eclectic events such as burlesque shows, underground standup comedians and experimental works.