Is the Paramount Good for Huntington?

A year after it opened, are you glad it's here?

The Paramount opened a year ago to much applause from town and civic leaders and others happy to have an entertainment center to fill the void left by the closing of the IMAC theater.

Many big names, among them the Goo-Goo Dolls, Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg and Elvis Costello, have appeared at the Paramount, bringing with them fans from all over the tri-state area. The arrival of so many big acts has put Huntington in the spotlight.

But complaints have followed, as some neighbors gripe about the behavior of some fans and other Huntington residents take issue with parking problems.

What do you think? Is the Paramount a benefit to Huntington, adding to the downtown's reputation as a great nightspot? Does it bring more problems than it is worth? Or does its impact lie somewhere between those extremes?

Please tell us in the comments.

P October 09, 2012 at 10:20 PM
it's too expensive
Rachel October 09, 2012 at 10:38 PM
It's a public nuisance and causes more parking issues than it is worth.
Big_E October 09, 2012 at 11:31 PM
It's bringing good publicity to Huntington and is sure better than an empty IMAC theater, or bringing in another ice cream parlor.
Dave Cava October 10, 2012 at 12:35 AM
I live in Huntington and I LOVE IT!! So great to be able to see good shows in my home town!
Christina October 10, 2012 at 02:57 AM
They should not be allowed to put orange cones in front of the theater on show nights. I have been there and enjoyed an event, but I parked and walked. Like everyone should. They also should not occupy the upper parking lot that belongs to the town, not the theater.
Angela October 10, 2012 at 12:37 PM
I think it is awesome. Thumbs up!
Rob Madden October 10, 2012 at 01:21 PM
The place is amazing. I think every restaurant in Huntington is happy they are here. The nuances exist... I actually had a drunk STP fan end up passed out in my wife's car that she had left unlocked (I live in the village), but the trade off is I now go to show's at the bottom of my street instead of NYC. Parking is always bad in town.... Always will be.
VillageFan October 10, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Big, national acts like Alanis Morrisette, The Counting Crows, Daughtry and even Heart would never come to a small, IMAC-type venue. I'll take the hassle of more congestion in this town to have concerts like these in my neighborhood. I have lived in the vicinity of the Village for most of my adult life and I have seen it go through some rough times and vacant storefronts. I am no so worried about it anymore.
Jason Molinet October 10, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Diversity is important.
Jason Molinet October 10, 2012 at 03:57 PM
I've gone to a handful of shows in the last year and I always eat in town afterwards.
Phoebe Krane October 10, 2012 at 10:14 PM
The Paramount has made it impossible for the people who live in Huntington to enjoy it. The traffic going into town is impossible on the nights there are shows and if one makes it to town there is no parking. i can count on one hand how many times I have gone to town in the evenings anfd I no longer try. Many of my neighbors feel the same way.
Kevin October 10, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Live Music is Better, Bumper Stickers will Be Sold!
escape October 10, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Love the shows! Great venue! Huntington deserves a great destination like the Paramount. Sure things could be better, traffic can be tough, but in balance I give it a huge thumbs up!
NK October 11, 2012 at 12:48 AM
I have not gone to any shows not because there was a lack of talent but because of ticket prices. I think the Paramount is good for Huntington. Fans from other towns come to Huntington, spend money in the bars and restaurants and then hit a excellent venue. Friends have told me it is a great venue. IMAC never would have gotten such acts and the reality is these acts unless at Jones Beach would never play the Island.
Big_E October 11, 2012 at 01:59 AM
There's always parking but (GASP!) you might have to walk. People in NYC think nothing of walking 10-20 blocks. But oh no, we can't get a spot in front of the restaurant we want! And yeah, don't try to go down 110 at 7:45 on a show night. But for 6pm dinner, no problem. Even 7pm or 8pm, no problem. But too close to show time, of course. Learn the back ways into town. You're a resident. Learn the side streets.
Marita Eybergen October 11, 2012 at 02:07 PM
I think it is great for Huntington, I rather see it busy then a ghost town. I find parking, you may have to walk further but that should not make you not like the Paramount.
William Wille October 11, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Huntington was better without itl It's only attracting the wealthy, everyday people find it way toooo expensive and most of the entertainment is only for the young people.
Irish Ei's October 11, 2012 at 05:47 PM
I've learned to avoid the Village at nightime, but if I go, I call a cab ! No parking problems, a guaranteed designated driver and 2 paid fares for another local business. Win-win for me and my Village.
Rhea October 12, 2012 at 01:29 AM
It is a good venue..as long as it continues to offer diversity in it's entertainment selections. Expensive..most concerts are...The parking issues need to be taken seriously..it affects us all..Our town attracts many..some towns struggle...


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