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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.

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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