The refurbished Paramount Center for the Arts has been open for 17 years. It reopened with much fanfare with an appearance by hometown hero Ernie Ford. The Bristol, Tenn. theater, originally opened in 1931, came back to life on April 24, 1991 as the “Paramount Center for the Arts.” It had been vacant for 14 years. Now the center shows a heck lot more than just movies. Celtic rock group Gaelic Storm played on April 24th to celebrate the building’s anniversary. (For what it’s worth, you might wonder why there were so many Paramount theaters in the U.S.; Paramount Pictures had a plan to build one in each state, according to Merle Dickert, the center’s executive director.
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