In the heart of Huntington sits the Paramount Theater, a gateway to live entertainment and the place to go to enjoy some of the best acts around.
Replacing the IMAC Theater which closed in 2009, the venue's newly-renovated décor is reminiscent of an underground night club with breathtaking graffiti-artwork evocating that of the Jean-Michel Basquiat era of the early-1970s. Its glowing neon sign stands out against the busy street as scheduled events flash underneath it on New York Avenue.
With a capacity of 1,500 per show, the modern layout puts event-goers close to the stage and artists. General admission floor seating, reserved mezzanine and VIP seats are available.
“It’s more intimate," said Paramount Theater Director of Marketing Adam Ellis. "There’s not a bad seat in the house.”
The theater features four bars with drink menus specially created for patrons, but no food is served. Nearby restaurants including Black and Blue Chophouse, Canterbury Ales and Bravo! Nader offer up to 50 percent off deals for Paramount guests, according to Ellis.
But it’s the shows that draw the crowds.
Since the grand opening concert by Elvis Costello Sept. 30, featured acts have included big names such as Willie Nelson, the B-52's, Goo Goo Dolls, B.B. King, Third Eye Blind and the Pixies. Comedy acts and pro boxing matches have also made their way into Paramount’s lineup with children's shows anticipated in the coming months.
“It’s a little something for everyone,” said Ellis.
On a local level, Ellis said the Paramount incorporates local bands as opening acts for headliners to push the Long Island music scene.
In March, the Paramount will is launch a monthly jazz series.
“Ultimately the goal is to have a wide array of events that will be of interest to young and old,” said Ellis.