Downtown Heritage TourTheatres designed in the early 20th century featured deep stages for vaudeville and other live entertainment. When silent movies became popular, vaudeville acts frequently preceded the movie, so the deep stages were still necessary. With the advent of talking pictures, the movie industry narrowed the stages and developed flashy, exotic interiors. Paramount Pictures began to build theatres with increasingly dramatic interior spaces specifically for showing movies. The Paramount was built in 1931 in Aurora, at the peak of this opulent movie palace trend. It was designed by George and C.W. Rapp, architects of the Chicago Theatre as well as the Rialto Theatre in Joliet. The Paramount underwent a $2.9 million renovation in 1978, and continues life as a prestigious regional cultural attraction.
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|Date Added||Monday, April 25th, 2016 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16T E 390741 N 4623727|
|Decimal Degrees||41.75786667, -88.31428333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 41° 45.472', W 88° 18.857'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||41° 45' 28.32" N, 88° 18' 51.42" W|
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|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling West|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 8 E Galena Blvd, Aurora IL 60506, US|
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