This monumental movie palace (1931, Timothy Pflueger) is one of the nation's finest examples of Moderne design. The building's resplendent Art Deco detailing describes flowers, foliage, birds and people in addition to the more abstract designs typical of the style. Authentically restored in 1973, it is now owned by the city as a performing-arts facility.The exterior boasts two majestic tile mosaics of puppeteers, divided by the towering Paramount sign. The amber-colored Fountain of Light dominates the lobby; the glass sculpture appears to be rising in spectacular billows toward a green-lit grillwork ceiling. With seating for nearly 3,000 people, the lavish auditorium features a gold-lit filigreed ceiling, and paneled side walls sculpted in bas-relief scenes of maidens and warriors. Ralph Stackpole sculpted the horsemen on the orchestral panel above the stage. A Wurlitzer organ mounted on a hydraulic lift rises to stage level for performances. Also worth a gaze are the splendidly decorated men's and women's restrooms, the curving foyers, and the women's Black Lacquer Smoking Lounge.
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