Brooklyn Paramount set to reopen follow multi-million-dollar redevelopment

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The Brooklyn Paramount Theater is due to begin its “grand opening season” on March 27 after a redesign that was estimated to cost around $50m (£39.4m/€46.1m).

The redevelopment was carried out by entertainment company Live Nation and aimed to honour the building’s nearly 100-year history while also creating a new 2,700-seat music venue to bolster Brooklyn’s arts scene.

More than 45 shows are now on sale including artists such as PinkPantheress, Norah Jones, Mariah The Scientist, and Brooklyn-born Busta Rhymes with more set to be announced in the coming weeks.

The venue now features a grand stage, a backstage facility that boasts a games room, gym, and art installations from local artists.

“The reopening of the historic Brooklyn Paramount is the latest sign that Brooklyn’s art scene is thriving,” said Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso.

“I applaud Live Nation for renovating this historic venue where New Yorkers can enjoy the hottest performers right here in Brooklyn. This reopening demonstrates that New York City does not need to reinvent the wheel to bring entertainment and good-paying jobs to our city. I am glad to see the Brooklyn Paramount back, and I look forward to seeing a performance there in the future!”

Planning, design, and construction for the project took five years and employed more than 500 local tradespeople. The opening of the venue is claimed to create more than 250 permanent jobs.

A partnership between Live Nation and the building’s owner Long Island University has also been established. It aims to help people get a start in the music industry by offering internships and part-time jobs to students.

“We are honoured that Long Island University chose Venue Nation to reimagine the next era of the Brooklyn Paramount,” said David Codiga, president of Blueprint Studio, Live Nation’s global design and development team.

“Elevating the artist and fan experience is our top priority as we develop live music venues and Brooklyn Paramount is a stunning space that will host many memorable shows.”

Other areas of investment in the redevelopment have seen the preservation of the venue’s Baroque details and Rococo ceiling. Modern updates were also made to improve the spectator experience, with a sloped floor implemented to improve viewing for all, and seven bars for quick service.

The Brooklyn Paramount once hosted icons such as Buddy Holly & The Crickets, Chuck Berry, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Domino, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Little Richard, Miles Davis, Ray Charles, and more.